Meal prep 101 for those on the go
Why is meal prep so important? You've already got a million and one things to think about in the day without having to worry about filling rows of plastic containers with your meals for the week. But by spending an hour or so a week and getting this down pat, will pay off when it comes to getting results.
Meal prepping is key when it comes to hitting your macronutrients. It takes the guess work out of meal times so you can ensure you are getting the right foods, at the right times and in the right quantities.
When you've got breakfast meetings, lunch meetings or have to work late in the office to meet deadlines, sticking to a well-balanced nutrition plan can be easier said than done. So how exactly do you meal prep like a pro whilst working the daily 9-5?
Plan your week and make a list
Before you head to the shops, plan what meals you're going to eat and when. That way you won't be tempted by any impulse buys that may sabotage your efforts. If you want to take this a step further, organise for your food shop to be delivered, thus saving you the time and energy of going to the shops and even less temptation.
- Buy and cook in bulk
Not only will this save you money, but it will also save you time! Aim to do one big food shop per week with a quick top up of fresh fruits and veggies, if needed. This way you won't be tempted to stray from your plan or spend money on items you don't need. Once you've stocked your fridge up, work out how many meals a pack of chicken breast or lean mince will cover you for the week and cook it all in one go.
1. Own that Tupperware!
Go out and buy yourself a matching set of plastic containers, that way it'll stack up neatly in the fridge or freezer and you can just pull out what you want to eat and when.
2. Time management
Set aside a couple of hours, twice a week to prep for the next 3-4 days. Make this part of your weekly routine and you'll save time during the week.
3. Don't prep it all at once!
Prepping a whole week's worth of food can be overwhelming. Start slow! Get really good at 1 or 2 recipes and as you get better at it, build from there. Even the smallest bit of food prep can make a big difference!
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