Meal prepping is something I started to do when I was competing. My competition diet was all based on whole, natural clean foods and this is where my love of “clean eating” started. I really started to understand the concept that 80% of your goals are based on what you ate. I had worked out for YEARS and YEARS but my diet was full of random processed foods I thought were healthy only because the labels said “non-fat” or “fat free.” It wasn’t until I started to eat “cleaner” when I noticed changes in my physique and the “80% diet” concept really sunk in.
In all my years of prepping my food, it’s become second nature and I don’t even have to think about it how to do it anymore. Just like anything new, it can seem overwhelming at first, but once you get a system and that habit down, it can actually be quite fun!
Here’s my top meal prep quick tips!
1) Pick 2 days per week that you are going to prep your meals-for me Sundays and Wednesdays work the best.
2) Pick 2-3 lean proteins, & 2-3 good carbohydrates to cook each meal prep & cook foods in bulk. Some lean proteins I cook are; chicken, fish, ground turkey breast. Some good carbs I cook are; oatmeal, yams & rice. From there, you can mix and match your meals.
3) Shop for “ready to eat” veggies—i.e./pre mixed & washed salads, sliced veggies etc. OR frozen veggies
4) Keep it simple!! Make 2 or 3 of the same meals for lunches so you don’t have to make a bunch of different meals. For example, I will usually always have either chicken or turkey with either rice or yams for lunch & some veggies.
5) Cook all meats plain. This way you can season them when you are ready to eat them. For example, I will cook my chicken with a no salt seasoning salt-then I might add some hot sauce to when I’m ready to eat that meal. I might use the cooked plain chicken in a stir fry for dinner as well.
6) Grocery shop on one day, cook and package on another day. I find it too overwhelming to do both in one day!
7) Buy your food in bulk. Larger stores such as Costco are great for things you’re going to need a lot of.
I know when you first start out to meal prep, it can seem like a lot of work. Try it for a few weeks, it will get easier! If all else fails, hire a meal prep service 🙂
I’d love to know what your meal prepping this week?