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Why Should You Meal Prep?

You might groan at the idea of meal prepping.  Who has time to plan, shop, and do the dishes when you’re done?  It doesn’t have to be a complicated, overwhelming task.  Here are some of the benefits of meal prepping and some tips to make it easier. 

 

Benefits

  1. Grab and go. Everyone has busy schedules, which might make you inclined to grab a quick, unhealthy option when in a pinch. . If you have meals prepped and ready to go, the better choices you will make.

  2. Less thinking. In the evenings when everybody is rushing around and busy, the food is made and ready to go. You may have to throw it together and warm it up, but it saves the time of having to figure out what to have for supper and then hoping you have all the ingredients on hand.

  3. Hit your goals. If your goal is to lose weight, prepped food will help with portion control and help with temptations and overeating.

  4. Dollars and sense. When you have a list to stick to, you are less likely to grab things that are unnecessary and may be unhealthy.  You are also less likely to eat out, which saves a lot of money!

Tips

  1. Make a list. What meals or recipes do you want to prepare that week? Find something for breakfast, lunch, and dinner and possibly a snack. Look in your pantry to see what you have and what you need.

  2. Back to basics. Another way to grocery shop for lunch and dinner could be picking out two different protein choices, two or three carbohydrate choices like rice, pasta, or potatoes. Grab two to three different kinds of vegetables, such as broccoli, squash, or cauliflower. When you prep meals, you can mix and match different items, so you aren't eating the same meal repeatedly.

  3. Grocery shopping. Do not go to the grocery store when you are hungry! We have all done it, and it leads to unhealthy food items landing in the cart and buying things you don’t need.

  4. Cut it up. Start cooking right when you get home; there is less time to put it off and let food go to waste. Cut up the vegetables beforehand;  you are more likely to eat them that way.

  5. Prep cook. Cook your items in different ways. For example, when you cook potatoes, you can cook them in the oven, on the grill or in a skillet on the stove. You can steam or roast most vegetables. There are endless ways to cook your food to increase variety.

  6. Combine and store. You can combine your food items to make meals or keep them all separate, and then grab when needed.

Meal prepping doesn’t have to be as hard! I believe meal prepping can make our lives simpler; it also cuts back on figuring out what to cook. Everybody has a different method to their madness, but try some of these tips to make your busy work week go more smoothly!

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