Would you like to eat healthier? Are you trying to lose weight? If the answer to these questions is yes, a great place to start is meal preparation. Even when you’ve got a crazy schedule, manage lots of responsibilities and find it hard to get dinner on the table each night, you can get ahead through meal prep. By investing a little time at the beginning of the week in prepping what you’ll eat, you can make it easier and faster to choose healthy, tasty food each day.
How does this work?
What do you need to do to make the most of meal prep?
To help answer these questions, here’s a look at some tips for beginners who want to meal prep:
- Plan your meals. One of the hardest parts of making healthy choices is planning for them. If you come to the kitchen at 6 p.m., starving and stressed, you’re much more likely to grab a cookie thantoss a salad. That’s why meal planning matters. At the beginning of the week, schedule your meals for each day. Then, when it’s Tuesday afternoon and you want lunch, you already know there’s arugula in the fridge.
- Prep in bulk. Think of it this way: you could spend time each night chopping vegetables, or you could spend 20 minutes at the beginning of the week chopping all the vegetables you’ll need for your weekly meals. Whether you’re talking about morning smoothies or daily dinners, the more you can prep ahead of time, the easier healthy eating becomes. Be sure to set aside a few hours to prep
- Put some creativity in your food choices. The best meal plan is the one that works for you. If you’re the kind of person who gets bored with routine, remember to be creative. Vary your meals so you’ll have something to get excited about, while sticking to your dietary goals.
Interested in learning more about meal prep for healthy eating? Check out the infographic below.