Meal prepping just might be the single most important thing that you do related to your health and fitness journey – especially if you are focused on losing body fat and building muscle. The idea is that when you have healthier things ready to eat, you will eat them instead of other potentially harmful foods. And it works incredibly well. Fueling your body with well planned, proper meals and nutrients allows your body to function more efficiently.
Meal planning and preparation are a great way not only to make healthier food choices but it saves you time and money. Though it may seem overwhelming at first, there are a variety of strategies you can employ to develop a sustainable meal planning habit that works for your unique life.
What is Meal Prep?
Meal prepping is simply the act of preparing some or all of your meals in advance. And while single-serve meals are the most common approach to meal prep, there are other types to choose from depending on your schedule, tastes, and dietary needs.
Types of meal prep include:
●Full make-ahead meals: You cook an entire meal and store it in your fridge or freezer.
●Batch cooking or freezing: Make multiple meals, then portion and store them. This approach is useful for recipes you can easily cook in large amounts
●Meals for one: Prepare food and portion it in single-serving containers. (Usually enough to last a few days.)
●Ingredient prep: For people who like to cook and serve food all at once, just prep parts of recipes. Chop veggies, mix spices or marinade meat in advance to save time when you’re ready to cook.
Meal Prep Tips
1. Determine the best meal prep method for you and your lifestyle.
2. Schedule time for you to meal prep. Choose one or two days a week to prepare your meals.
3. Measure out your portions to help you stay consistent in your food intake.
4. Use a slow cooker or air fryer to cook in bulk with minimal effort.
5. Use quality storage containers. Be sure your containers are BPA-free plastic or glass. Cheap plastic containers contain the carcinogenic chemical compound BPA.
No matter your reasons for wanting to meal prep – whether it's to save money, lose/maintain your weight, save time, or just to be more organized each week. You will no doubt quickly appreciate the perks of meal prepping.