I consider Sunday to be the international day of meal prep. Sunday just feels like the perfect day to get shit done, it also feels like the perfect day to stay in bed and watch Netflix so I often spend my Sunday’s having an inner debate with myself. Meal prepping is important to stay on track with your goals, if you already have food cooked up it becomes a lot harder to cheat and a lot easier to stay on track. Preparing food in advance also saves you money and who doesn’t love saving money?!
I learned early on in my fitness journey that I don’t enjoy eating the same meal everyday (unless it’s eggs & or bacon). When I first started meal prepping I would spend a good chunk of the day cooking and then cleaning up my mess, now I have meal prep down to a science. I usually only spend a maximum of two hours on meal prep (and that includes clean up!) so I can spend the rest of the day binge watching Shameless on Netflix. My meal prep consist of cooking up two kinds of protein, cutting up veggies, cooking some veggies and of course cooking up potatoes. Throughout my weight loss journey I’ve learned the art of mix & match meal prep. I like to mix and match my meals throughout the week, some meals I’ll have a salad, some meals I’ll have a stir-fry or zucchini noodles, and sometimes I’ll eat my protein with a side of raw veggies, variety is key to not getting bored. When I first started losing weight I ate so much ground turkey that even thinking about eating it makes me gag, this is how I learned a very valuable lesson about variety.
Here are some of my tips for a successful meal prep:
- Try to cook as many things as you can in the same pan or dish. Quickly wash the pan in between cooking, it makes the clean up so much easier.
- Buy easy to grab spring mix for salads or my new found favourite product Mann’s Broccoli Slaw, it’s amazing. I like to cook it up with some garlic and coconut aminos, it’s ready to go in under 10 min! You can also just eat it as a salad or add it to your salads for some extra crunch. I found it at Wal Mart for like $2, best money I’ve spent.
- Plan ahead. Pinterest is my go to for quick, healthy, delicious recipes. I spend most Saturday’s on Pinterest dreaming about what I’m going to cook on Sunday.
- Make a Grocery List – Spend some time thinking about what you want to make for the week. Going to the grocery store without a list is very dangerous and not recommended. Whenever I go to the grocery store without a list I come home with a lot of bacon and not much else.
- Mix & Match Meal Prep – seriously try it, it’s a life saver and a time saver.
- Make your Crock Pot your bitch – make a big batch of chili or drumsticks or meat balls or pot roast or basically anything because Crock Pot’s are God’s gift to humans.
- Crank some Beyoncé and have a dance party while you cook just don’t burn yourself or the food.
- Invest in glass containers – there’s something seriously wrong with heating up plastic containers. You can buy a full set of glass containers for around $30 and they last a lot longer then plastic, unless you drop them.
- Cook the complicated or time consuming foods first – I like to get my potatoes cooking first, while they’re in the oven I can cook up a few other things.
Meal prepping doesn’t have to be complicated or stressful. Find a method of meal prep that works for you, if you’re the type of person that can eat the same meal all the time and you like it then do it that way. You don’t always have to meal prep on Sunday, sometimes I meal prep on a Tuesday night, make time in your schedule for it and get it done. Here’s to a successful week of crushing goals!
Make good choices everyone!