What tool has changed your meal prepping forever?
Proper food storage containers.
Get organized with proper food prep containers- it’s half the battle. Every good food prep begins with the right containers for portion sizing.
Arm yourself with varied sizes and shapes to store everything from chicken to salad to dry nuts and snacks.
Invest in some glass containers to add to your repertoire. Glass containers are safe for re-heating meals and they last forever.
What’s one of the secrets behind your consistent meal prepping success?
Food Prep Sunday!
Pick a prep day and stick to it- schedule it in like you would an appointment. I recommend prepping on the same day each week in order to build strong meal prep habits.
Every Sunday morning, in a 2-3 hour block of time, I prepare 6 days of food including lunches, dinners and snacks. I grocery shop, cut, wash, cook and portion size meals into containers to store in the refrigerator or freezer.
I plan healthy meals – with appropriate combinations of food so I can stay on track with my health goals. It’s taken me 7 years to perfect it, but it’s a habit I won’t give up and it’s THE secret to consistency and success.
What strategy dramatically changed your meal prepping game?
Personalized Meal Planning.
Every one of us requires a certain amount of calories, the right combination of carbs, proteins & fats, and the appropriate portion size for each meal or snack. Once you have a meal plan that works for you, prepping ensures you don’t veer off course, giving you easily accessible meals for the week – meals that are healthy, personalized and appropriate for you, your body, and your goals.
Planning my meals a week in advance.
I know exactly what my meals and snacks will be, I know what I will be buying and the approximate cost of the groceries, and I know how I will time these meals throughout the day. Planning = Success and like I’ve been sharing for years now, “It’s not hard, it just takes practice!”
Meal Prepping saves you time and money. When you begin a prepping routine that works for you, waste and expired food will become a thing of the past. You won’t throw out excess food or rotting fruit or veggies ever again.
I am also confident saying that most people regain 1-2 hours a day through meal prepping. In the case of my Food Prep Sunday routine, I don’t ever waste a minute in a day worrying about what I am going to eat. I now do the things I enjoy doing with these reclaimed hours – and still reap the benefits of eating healthy and wholesome food.