"What's for suppppeerrrr???!"
That line is comparable to nails on a chalkboard for me. So, how do I get around hearing it? Meal prep. If the words 'meal prep' make your blood pressure go up with flashbacks of a disastrous kitchen and burnt food than you've been doing it wrong.
I have been consistently 'meal prepping' for about 5 years now. It wasn't until I started working as a nurse and I would hear others complaining about having to figure out what to eat for dinner that I realized how beneficial for everybody meal prepping could be. The 2-3 hours that it takes you on the weekend leads to big pay off:
- You don't have to think about what you're going to eat. I've heard it so many times..."I hate cooking". So, why cook 5-7 x a week when you can instead cook 1-2 x a week??
- You'll save money. Go to the grocery store with your list of groceries and don't buy anything else! By the time you get home you'll completely forget about those oreos you tried to sneak into the cart
- You'll eat out less often. Not only does that also save you money, but then you appreciate eating out that much more when you do go out with family or friends.
- There's always something to eat.
- It's so much easier to eat healthy.
Do you get bored of your prepped foods? MAKE BETTER FOOD. FIND BETTER RECIPES. I like to be adventurous with my foods. Now, there are certainly weeks where I'm so busy that my chicken is baked with a little Mrs. Dash thrown on it and my veggies come plain from the frozen aisle. I don't love it, but I would rather get the nutritious foods in my body than be running to McDonald's for my lunch.
What I didn't need to prep:
- Snack (yup, another one...): Protein shake (from Popeye's Supplements) + almonds
- Snack (we eat a lot!): Fruit packs from Costco
A few tips:
- Store uncooked asparagus in the fridge in water to help keep it fresh.
- Don't bother peeling vegetables. SERIOUSLY. DON'T DO IT.
- Cut and prep allll of the vegetables that you will need for your meals. This will initially seem time consuming, but once it's done your meals will be cooked in a flash.
- Mass bake/BBQ/cook your proteins for 3+ days at a time.
- Have a list of easy and fool-proof recipes ready for weekends where you're short on time. Crockpots are a life saver!
- Take a look at the week ahead of you. Will you be home for dinner? Make re-heatable meals. Will you be on the go? Make 'grab 'n go' meals.
- Portion out your meals into tupperware containers. If you're like me than you have a husband who will eat all of the prepped food...on Monday.
I hope that this has been helpful for some of you!
If you have any meal prep tips feel free to comment so that others can learn from you.
Have a great week & happy meal prepping!!