It is no secret that I am a huge supporter of meal prepping. I know it seems like another task to add to your weekly to do list, but the little time spent preparing for the week ahead can really accelerate your success. Knowing what to eat, how much to eat, when to eat and preparing your meals is an extremely important aspects of achieving a healthy, balanced life.
The real key to meal prepping is having a few favourite staple foods that you can cook in bulk and use in a number of different ways. Tinned fish, salads, raw veggies, fruit and nuts are a great option if you are extremely pressed for time, simply throw them into a container and you are set.
But, taking that extra little bit of time to prepare for the week ahead and you’ll be rewarded with:
Better Nutrition – Having your meals prepared and ready to go means less trips to the cafe or your closest take out restaurant. You won’t be scrambling to find something to eat, and risk being exposed to unhealthy options, because your meal is already prepared, and it’s healthy! Not only does this save you time, it also saves your waistline by having full control over the portions and ingredients.
Regulated Metabolism – You will be prepared with nourishing snacks when hunger strikes. By snacking on healthy snacks regularly you will stop your body from falling into a catabolic state, and feel more energised throughout the day. No more sugar spikes to keep you going through the day.
You will save time – Although you do need to invest some time upfront to plan and prepare, you will still end up saving time in the long run. Think about how much you spend each morning deciding and preparing your meals for the day head. Once your meals are prepared all the hard work is done, simply take out of the fridge and put into your lunch bag – leaving you more time to enjoy your morning coffee.
You will save money – Making healthy choices doesn’t have to be expensive. If you plan ahead, buy in bulk and utilise the ingredients over a few meals you will see the savings. By planning your meals in advance, you will know exactly what you need to buy, instead of going to the shops a few times each week to pick up last minute ingredients, not to mention the money you will save by not having to go to the local cafe on a regular basis.
To help you out here are some of my favourite go to meal prep ideas.
- Spicy grilled chicken with cucumber and lettuce salad
- Thai chicken patties with Kaleslaw
- Mini quiche muffins
- Meatballs with noodles and broccoli
- Mexican beef with spinach
- Salmon patties and veggies
- Chicken with a tomato sauce and veggies
So what are you waiting for? Get prepping.