Meal prep? Have you heard of it? It’s not always the gym rats that set aside time in their weekends to prepare healthy go-to meals and snacks for the week. It can be done by anyone. We’re all busy. We all have things pulling us in a million different directions. So what if we took some time to think through our upcoming meals and snacks to avoid overindulging when we’re swamped for time? It can help you conserve energy, money, and even give you added support to stay true to your healthy eating goals.

Check Out These 6 Meal Prepping Tips:

01 Invest in a set of storage containers (like these glass ones from Amazon) and snack size Ziploc bags for foods like chopped apples, mixed berries, or trail mix!

02 Do a bit of research, and choose the recipes that sound appealing to your personal taste, and add the necessary ingredients to your weekly grocery list. If you need a little help in this department, we’ve rounded up a few of our favorites at the end of this post, but if you’re looking for more, ask your Health Advisor for a few recipe suggestions. Don’t yet have a Health Advisor? Click here.

03 Try easy recipes that you can make in bulk and refrigerate or freeze. Think brown rice bowls to refrigerate and soups to freeze.

04 Pick a specific meal prep day and a specific grocery shopping day during the week. Maybe try going grocery shopping on a Saturday and meal prepping on a Sunday afternoon. Tailor this to your personal schedule.

05 Divide your finished meal into lunches and place into individual containers.

06 If you’re not planning to consume the meals each day for lunch, label your items with the date you made them, so you can monitor their freshness and eliminate any food waste.

Preparing your meals ahead of time gives you more control over what you’re eating, and makes it easier on track on days when you’re busy or low on energy to whip up a healthy meal. Give it a whirl, and let us know what you think!

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