It’s week two of Get Slim for Summer, and we know a lot of you are working hard to transform your lives. If you’re changing the way you eat for the first time, cooking your own meals may seem like a daunting endeavor, but you can make it much easier by planning ahead. That’s why today, we’re going to talk about meal prep!
What is Meal Prep?
If you’ve never done meal prep before, don’t worry! It’s really simple. Meal prep is any food preparation that you do ahead of time. It can be as easy as cutting up some vegetables or as complicated as putting together an entire meal to be reheated later in the week. If you do something ahead of time, it counts as meal prep!
Benefits of Meal Prep
Meal prep is a great way to make it easier to stick with a healthy lifestyle. Because you’ve already done some of the work ahead of time, it’ll be much easier to put healthy meals together during the week. You’ll also save time, as spending just an hour or two doing meal prep will mean less time in the kitchen the rest of the week!
Meal Prep 101
- Pick your day and stick with it. A lot of people like to do the bulk of their meal prep on Sundays so they’re ready to start the week on a high note, but you can choose any day that works with your schedule. You can also split it up and meal prep twice a week if you want. Just make sure that once you pick your meal prep day, you make it a commitment.
- Keep it simple. You don’t have to spend hours and hours doing meal prep to enjoy the benefits! Remember, anything you do ahead of time will help you during the week, so even a small amount of meal prep counts as a victory.
- Choose foods that will last a few days to get the most out of your efforts. For example, cooked chicken and ground beef are good for up to four days in the fridge, and hard-boiled eggs will last up to a week. Click here for a list of recommended times to keep food in the fridge and the freezer.
- Add in variety. Mixing things up will keep things interesting. For example, if you’re cooking four pieces of chicken, use different spices on each one. You’ll save the same amount of time, but you’ll have four unique meals!
- Use the freezer. Having a few meals or ingredients prepped in the freezer can help you on hectic days. Cooked ground beef, turkey, or chicken can easily last up to six months in the freezer, which can then be reheated for an easy portion of protein!
Meal prep is a great way to make healthy eating easier, so we encourage you to make it a part of your schedule. For more tips for transforming your life, subscribe to the blog and check out our Facebook page!