Meal Prepping 101
Step 1: Plan Your Meals
Make sure each meal includes a balance of lean proteins, complex carbohydrates, and non-starchy vegetables. For example, 2-3 days before your meal prep day, make a list of meals that you want for the next week.
Step 2: Create your Meal Prep shopping list
You don’t want to be mid-prep and not have an ingredient! Check what ingredients you already have on hand and then add what you are missing to your list. Having a list of the ingredients that you need will lessen the chance of impulse buys that don't align with your nutrition goals. This would also save money. Hint: Use the healthy grocery shopping lists and pick your foods out of the categories listed to help you pick the right foods.
Check out this resource page for multiple checklists, grocery lists (low carb, whole30, paleo, gluten free, keto, etc) , and meal prepping calendars.
Step 3: Prep, prep, prep!!
Set a calendar reminder on your phone or computer to block out 2-3 hours on a day where you'll have 2-3 extra hours. In less than 3 hours you can have a full weeks’ worth of nutritious, wholesome and delicious meals ready to go!
- 2-3 extra hours to prep food.
- Food storage or meal prep containers.
- Cooking tools/utensils and supplies for your recipes.