It's so important to plan ahead to stay on track with your healthy eating goals. Whenever I ask people what their biggest obstacle is when it comes to making good food choices, the answer is often "I don't have time to cook healthy food". When you dedicate some time, one day a week, to prepare your ingredients, then it's as simple as warming-up your meal on a busy weeknight. Instead of hitting the drive-through because you're starving and need something quick, you'll be prepared with nutritious options to serve in a flash. I'm sharing my top tips and recipe so you'll know exactly how to master meal prep for healthy eating success.
My top tips on how to master meal prep include:
- Pick a day to plan your meals and recipes for the week
- Prepare a shopping list. This not only prepares you to cook, but saves money too! No more impulse purchases. We all know what happens when we shop hungry, so make sure you are not hitting the store in a hangry state.
- Pick a day to prepare your lean protein sources and chop your vegetables
- Store your prepared items in convenient containers. I love the ones with dividers! We also freeze extra cooked meat in large freezer-proof containers.
If lunch is a struggle, here are a few, nutrient-packed, easy ideas:
Recipes like overnight oats, salads in a jar (this one keeps beautifully for several days), soups and stews, and crustless quiche recipes (like this awesome Crustless Spinach Quiche) are perfect make-ahead meals.
Here are a few great references on how you can master your own meal prep routine:
Use a Sous Vide cooker to make protein preparation incredibly easy.
Greatist has a great round-up of 30 minute meal prep recipes for more planning inspiration!