Hey friends! Happy Friday!!
Let’s talk about every health and fitness enthusiast least favorite thing to do….meal prep!! I know, I even dread it sometimes, but now that I’ve been doing it consistently there are some tips and tricks that I have found that work for me and I want to share them with all of you!
1. Plan Ahead
Okay now you probably just read that and thought…meal prepping IS planning ahead…so what are you talking about? Just hear me out okay!
Write it out. For me I’m a visual person so in order for me to be successful with meal prepping I need to know what I want to meal prep and for what days. So I write out menus for the week so I know what I need to get at the grocery. This will make your life easier I promise. Some people can go with a list of things they need and come back and just make a menu from that…not ya girl here. I am a planner and a list maker so I need to have it in my mind ahead of time otherwise it’s a one way ticket on the hot mess express! And nobody wants that!
2. Prep for a few days at a time
Now some people can prep for an entire week and be set, you do you boo! BUT, ya girl over here is not about that “same meal for five days straight” life, ya girl needs options! So what I usually do is I prep my veggies and fruit for the entire week (those things I can handle the same thing for 5 days). Then I make my lunches and dinners (breakfast is a shake so I don’t prep those!) for the first 3 days of the week on Sunday night and have those ready to go. Then on Wednesday night I will prep for Thursday and Friday. I know it seems like a lot but that’s what works for me so that’s what I do!
3. Do it as soon as you get home from the store
I know life is crazy and busy but think about it for a minute. When you get home from the grocery store you have to put it all away…just to get it out again later? Why not just prep it all then?
If you don’t have time to do it all at least try to do the quick stuff (fruits and veggies). Wash them, cut them (if necessary), measure them out and place them in baggies. Pop them in the fridge and you’re ready to go!
4. Don’t stress about it!
This is one thing that it took me forever to not do! Sometimes I still stress about it, but hey we’re all human right?? Play around with the process, find what works best for you and your household and stick to it! No one is going to be a pro at meal prepping the first time they do it. It takes time, but I promise once you find your groove it is well worth it!
Here are some of the things that I normally prep on a weekly basis!
Veggies – carrots and celery. I usually alternate them one day I’ll have carrots and one day I’ll have celery. Usually I pack some peanut butter to dip them in. When they’re good I also add cucumbers into the mix. I love to cut them up and put some pepper on them and maybe a little bit of some type of dressing.
Fruit – apples, oranges, strawberries and blackberries are my go-to fruits!
Protein – chicken is usually my go to. You can cook it so many different ways. I usually prep a bunch of it and then I’ll make chicken salad, BBQ chicken or sometimes I’ll mix it in with other things to make certain dishes (like chicken stir fry). I also use lean ground beef or turkey and of course can make a bunch of different things with it!
Carbs – usually rice, specifically brown rice. Sometimes I’ll bake a sweet potato but not too often. I have to be in the mood for those.
Do you meal prep? What are some of your favorite things to prep for the week? Let me know!