Meal prepping is the concept of preparing whole meals or dishes ahead of schedule. It’s particularly popular amongst busy people because it can save a lot of time. Having pre-prepared meals on hand can also reduce portion size and help you reach your nutrition goals.
Here are the top five tips to becoming a meal-prep master –
- Have a set of Go-to healthy recipes : Having a set of go-to recipes that you love can make meal planning much easier, especially on the weeks you’re feeling uninspired.
- A Priority shopping list : It’s important to prioritize your trip to the store or farmers market before you even begin meal prepping. This begins with making a grocery shopping list at home.
- Multitask -Cooking and Prepping : Sometimes people start meal prepping by doing too many dishes at once, which can be overwhelming and stressful. Until you know the recipe instructions by heart, start slow with one dish for the week.
- Work-up to a full fridge slowly : The key is to start small and then work your way to having a fridge full of meal components already prepped so you can get creative on the spot.
- Assemble your meals later, rather than all at once : Preparing ingredients to assemble meals during the week takes the most time, so I recommend setting aside a couple hours one day a week that works for you to prep and cook meal components.
Think of meal planning as a key to saving you time and energy to put elsewhere. I still enjoy cooking, just as you might, but I don’t enjoy devoting so much time to one activity every day.