If you know me at all (which, hey, you may not) you know I love to meal prep! I always get a lot of people telling me that it looks too hard or like too much work or that they are proud of my dedication. YOU GUYS. MEAL PREPPING IS SO EASY. And I’m going to teach you how to do it right now.
At first, the mental part may be tough, but by week 3 you will have it down pat. There’s more thinking involved than actual work, but after a while you won’t even really have to think about it.
Step 1: Plan your meals and snacks on paper
or whatever your day looks like, and start filling them in. Realistically, this is what my meal prep looks like written down:
If you’re following a meal plan, like this, then see how I make sure I’m getting the right amount of each food group per day.
Once you’ve written down every single thing you are going to eat that week, move on to step two.
Step 2: Write out your shopping list
Look at what you just wrote down, determine how many of each item you will need, and cross reference it with what you already have in your house. Whatever you don’t already have goes on the shopping list.
Step 3: SHOP!
Don’t forget tupperware. You can get these on Amazon and look like a pro on Instagram.
Step 4: Prep
Here’s where things can get tricky. I am lazy and enjoy eating much more than I enjoy cooking. I tend to meal prep or buy foods that don’t require a lot of fuss on my end. For instance, I’m a big fan of tyson frozen chicken. It comes in breasts, chunks, or strips and heats up in the microwave in 1:30. If you decide to buy raw chicken and cook it, your meal prep will be a little more intense than mine. But I seriously recommend making things easy on yourself wherever you can, especially if you are meal prepping for a family. (I meal prep for one, sadly.)
So, optional step one: cook everything.
Next, bust out that tupperware and start filling them by meals. Do all your breakfasts, then all your lunches, then all your snacks. I usually don’t meal prep dinner for two reasons:
- I don’t have enough room in the fridge that I share with three other people for all that extra tupperware.
- I have time to make dinner when I get home.
If you are meal prepping dinner, again, you will have a bit more work than me.
The longest this process has ever taken me was 2 hours, and that’s because I was meal prepping at the same time as someone else. (In the same kitchen, for clarification.) Usually, when I’m highly efficient and I bought easy food, it takes me 30 minutes. That’s it! You can totally do that!
Meal prepping will not only help you stay on track with your goals, but it will make your week SO EASY. I do it even when I’m not following a specific plan because it’s so convenient. AND, the best part is, it saves me money. I only buy what I need and I eat all of it before I go back to the store. My fridge is usually bare by Saturday afternoon and even if I wanted to cheat on my diet I couldn’t, because I have no food. Meal prepping keeps me from buying random things that I spot in the store. If it isn’t on the plan, then it’s not on the list, and it’s not in my cart. Which is good because I’m usually pretty broke.
If you have any awesome meal prepping tips to share, please do!