8 Things You Need To Know Before You Start Meal Prepping

There’s nothing more rewarding than setting aside the time and energy to get your summer body ready. But meal prepping really makes you feel like you actually mean it this time! For anyone who’s trying to lose a couple of pounds, there’s no better feeling than knowing there’s delicious, nutritious, and healthy food ready to eat in the fridge. And with good reason! Our schedules are jam-packed with activities, hobbies, deadlines, and social events. It really doesn’t matter why you decided to get started. But before you get all gung-ho and start meal prepping, there are a few things you’ll want to know.

What’s Your Why?

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There are a couple of reasons why you might want to start meal prepping. One, being that prepping your food in advance is a super easy way to save money! And who wouldn’t love to save some cash? Then there’s the fact that meal prepping saves time you would actually spend cooking. And don’t get us started on the clean-up! But most people prep to achieve their personal weight goals. So, whatever your reason is, know it, own it, and start making it!

Take It Slow At First

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Just like any other trend, people love to jump the gun. Slow it down in the beginning and don’t overwhelm yourself if you are new to this whole meal prepping thing. It’s okay to pace yourself. On your first try, only make two of three days’ worth of meals and take it from there. The more you do it, the easier it will be. And before you know it you’ll be a meal prep master!

Ain’t No Shame In Getting Help

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Sometimes people need help. That’s just the way it works. And hey, you’re doing this to make your life easier, right? If marinating meat, cutting onions, broiling fish, and all that jazz seems like too much to handle, go for pre-cooked, pre-cut, or pre-prepped! These pre-cooked items can save you time and much-needed energy. Try some pre-grilled turkey you can get at Whole Foods or any deli-counter. Buy frozen veggies or fruits, and give yourself a pat on the back, because you’re making things happen!

Rotisserie Chicken Is A Total Lifesaver

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Store-bought rotisserie chicken can cut your meal prepping efforts in half. Not only is it super cheap, healthy, and easy to get, but it’s also loaded with protein and healthy fat. Cooking a bunch of chicken breasts will take at least one or two hours every week. But buying your protein intake at the supermarket is a total game-changer for those who are just starting out or simply don’t have a lot of free time.

You Get What You Pay For

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When purchasing Tupperware and food containers to store the delicious food you so carefully took the time to prep, you have to remember that sometimes you might end up getting what you pay for. Think about it this way, would you want companies that package your food to cheap out? The answer is “probably not.” Don’t be afraid to splurge a bit, but always keep in mind that there are a ton of high-quality containers that are actually pretty affordable. You just need to dig around!

Prep Before You Prep

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You know that time at lunch when you’re sitting there mindlessly scrolling on Instagram or Facebook, or at night right before bed? Well, you can take advantage of that time. Take a few moments once a week to search and save a few yummy new recipes so when shopping day rolls around you are prepped before the prep. That way, you won’t forget to buy any of the foods you need to start meal prepping.

Take A Day Off For One Task

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Plan one day to go grocery shopping and spend the rest of that day to do food prep. Ideally, you’d only get to spend one whole day making your meals for the week. Devoting your time to specifically focus on one task will allow you to enjoy the rest of the week. This way, prepping doesn’t become a hassle and interfere with mid-week work and life.

Simple Meals Mean Less Stress

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Last but not least, when making your meals, don’t forget this very important rule – keep it simple! You don’t need to become a professional chef overnight. Make meals that are simple, use simple ingredients like turkey, canned chickpeas, chicken, steamed cauliflower, or steak. These types of ingredients can be added to anything, and we truly mean anything. You’ll be able to make sandwiches, sautee some veggies, salads, or you could just mix it up with some veggies. The possibilities are endless, so don’t stress yourself out and enjoy your new journey!