As you get going with your Meal Preparation, one thing that you’ll want to be doing is getting geared up for meal prep. Few things will influence your success (or failure!) more than being prepared. When it comes to nutrition, the old staying, ‘If you fail to prepare, you are preparing to fail’ has never been truer. Think meal prep has to involve hours spent in the kitchen? It’s time to think again. With a few quick tips and tricks, you can get your meals prepped and ready to go in no time. Here are a few things to know.
Invest In Good Tupperware
First, make sure that you are getting yourself some good Tupperware to use as you go about your meal prep process. You want to have containers that you can easily put food in for the rest of the week that will allow your food to stay fresh and delicious. Look for Tupperware containers that can go from the freezer to the microwave to the dishwasher for the most versatility.
Use The Right Cooking Methods
It’s also important that you take into account the best cooking methods for doing your food prep. While you can stove-cook everything, this isn’t as ideal when cooking in bulk. To save time, prepare a large batch of food in your slow cooker for instance. This will provide enough meals for five to six lunches or dinners. Likewise, consider baking a large batch of chicken and vegetables in a large roaster. This way you can bake once and eat five or six times. Barbequing is also a fast and easy way to prepare your main protein sources and you can easily cook a dozen chicken breasts at once to serve throughout the week.
Make Use Of Frozen Vegetables
If there’s one part of food prep that most people struggle with it’s getting their vegetables in. Often the biggest reason for this is because it takes so much time to chop the different varieties you might be using. The best way around this? Consider making use of frozen vegetables. Simply put these in the recipe towards the end of the cooking time and you’ll be getting your needs met. While they may not taste quite as good as fresh vegetables do, they will help you get your nutrition in just the same.
Chop Everything At Once
Finally, if you are hooked on fresh vegetables and nothing else will do, consider chopping everything you need at once. This is the fastest way to save time as you do your meal prep. Even if what you are preparing that night only requires a small amount of vegetables, chop everything you have on hand and store them in their own Tupperware containers. This way all you need to do next time you need vegetables is grab the Tupperware containers and you’re ready to cook.
Meal Preparation Conclusion
By keeping these few meal prep tips in mind, you can make sticking to your healthy eating plan easier. Once you get into the groove of always preparing your meals, it’ll become second nature and sticking to your diet plan will have never been easier.
Shannon Clark holds a degree in exercise science and sport performance from the University of Alberta in Edmonton. Her love for physical activity began with her time as a competitive figure skater and she has since been working in the health and fitness field for over 10 years.
When she’s not writing about health, wellness, or fitness, she loves working as a personal trainer, baking up the latest high-protein desserts, and spending time with a good book or movie.