Meal prep: something that everyone who is even slightly into health and fitness seems to be doing. And for good reason! Although it may sound a bit daunting to some, it really will save you time & money once you figure it out along with helping you stick to your eating plan. Like they say, practice makes perfect.
Here are my top 5 tips for meal prepping that I have picked up along the way.
1. Plan ahead
It may be obvious, but planning ahead is vital! Write down what you will eat, how much of each ingredient you will have to buy, how many meals/days you want to prep, how you will cook, recipes etc
Planning can take some time but that’s ok because the last thing you want to do is go back to the grocery store once you have started prepping and realised you have run out something. If you’re like me, and can eat the same foods for months on end, then once you develop a strong plan of attack each week should get easier!
2. Invest in a food scale
Food scales are great and a must have, especially if you are counting calories! I know I couldn’t live without mine! Also make sure you have enough spare batteries, just in case your scale decides to die on you mid-meal prep (has happened to me a few times).
3. Cook in bulk
Only recently have I discovered that I can cook 5 days worth of sweet potato, chicken and salmon all at once in the oven for a mere 30-45 minutes! Makes life so much easier and saves heaps of time. A bit of baking paper on the tray and you're good to go!
4. Learn to multi-task
Got the oven going and timer on? Great, let’s wash the dishes, chop veggies and/or cook on the stove whilst the oven is doing it’s thing. It’s a bit of a skill but you will definitely get better over time (I know I sure have). A great game to play is “let’s see if I can beat my meal prep time from last week!
5. Cut corners, where you can
Buying pre-cut and pre-portioned food can be a big time saver! Yes, it can also cost a little more too, so you have to weight up how much time you have to prep and what you can budget for. One thing I always buy are pre-cut mushrooms! Sure, its not difficult to cut them up but when you are prepping for 2 (or more) every second counts. Frozen veggies are also great and easy to portion out and cook, as are pre-cut veggies or pre-packaged protein (eg. frozen fish pieces)
Although meal prep can be time consuming, I think it's definitely worth it as it not only saves me heaps of time during the week but helps me stay on track with my eating which compliments my training nicely!
If you have a meal-prep tip that works for you or have a question, comment below, I would love to hear from you!
Website update April 2018