I feel like meal prepping is a topic that sounds so daunting. “You’re telling me I have to prep an entire week of meals in one day?! Impossible.” That’s what I thought at first too. Through trial and error and lots of practice I finally feel like I’m getting the hang of it. The biggest change didn’t happen with meal prepping itself, but with my mindset behind it. In the beginning I looked at it as a time consuming activity and something that my time could be better spent on. Well no wonder why it felt so overwhelming!! I shifted my mentality to see how much time it’d actually save me in the long run. By prepping all the meals at once, I cut out all the thinking about what I was going to have for a meal, the last minute grocery trips, the time to cook it and clean up. I also love how it stopped me from making worse choices in what I was eating because I never had to think about what was next and possibly default to the fast food option.
Learning to meal prep reminded me that food isn’t just meant to crave my hunger, but it’s purpose is to fuel my body for the day. That doesn’t mean you have to derive yourself either! There are so many healthier alternative recipes to your favorite comfort food meals.
However, I recognize I’m a newbie and I’m still learning. So, in the interest to give you all the most valuable advice and tips, I’ve ask a friend to give you her tips, as this is one of her areas of expertise.
Sarah and I swam together in high school and I’ve always admired her determination. I saw it in the pool and the way she led our team by example, always putting in every ounce of effort she had to every set at every practice. As the years have gone past, I see that same determination in how she takes are of her body, especially in how she meal preps. Her instagram stories of all her containers makes my organized eye fall in love! I asked her to share her wisdom with all y’all and here’s what she recommends!
I want to recap a few things Sarah touched on, because as a newbie it made meal prepping so much easier. By cooking twice a week, it keeps you from getting bored of your food. One of the complaints I hear most about meal prepping is that by the end of the week you’re tired of the same meal. By only prepping/cooking for 3-4 days at a time, it keeps you from getting bored. The other thing is the grocery list. I touched on this in a previous blog post, Meal Prepping & Grocery Shopping, but having your grocery list divided by area of the store saves soooo much time!! I use the inkWell Meal Planner and it works wonders! And again, I’m such a fan of having the same containers. :)
I get a lot of my recipes from Fixate (the Beachbody on Demand cooking show), but one of my favorites is from Jay's Baking My Crazy website, a Buffalo Chicken Casserole. (You can also find it on my "Meals I'd Make Again" board on Pinterest) So. Good. Also, don’t forget to prep snacks! This could be having vegetables washed, cut and ready to go, to energy bites and so much more!
Just know that this is a process and it will get easier, but you have to stick with it and give it a fair chance to catch on and become a habit. I hope you take away some confidence in meal prepping after reading these tips and inspiration to take that next step in caring for your body (it’s the only one we get!).
Until next time,
Hugs & love,
Emily has a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering from Iowa State University. There she learned how valuable organization can be in being productive. She chose to use this knowledge and help others achieve this productivity and optimization in their homes and small businesses. Read & Enjoy and as always, let us know if you have any questions!