Six Steps to Meal Prep Mastery
Save Time, Be Healthy
If you’re coming back from your summer vacation and wondering how you’re going to transition from eating bottomless hummus and guacamole, to prepping your meals for school or work—read on! Meal prepping is all the rage because it keeps you nourished while you tackle your busy schedule. If this sounds like something you need, I’ve broken down the meal prep phenomenon into six easy steps for you to become a meal preppin’ master!
Buy in Bulk
That little bag of quinoa isn’t lasting long and you know it. Save money and grocery trips by buying kitchen staples in bulk. This includes nuts, seeds, grains, legumes, fresh/frozen fruit and vegetables and meat.
Keep it Simple and Realistic (with math!)
If you eat 3 main meals a day, 7 days a week, you can calculate how many meals you can prep, i.e.: 7 days x 3 meals = 21 meals. Open those cookbooks or launch Instagram to your favourite foodie accounts for inspiration. Start by choosing 2-3 recipes to enjoy for the week and double the ingredients for larger batches, considering how many are in your household. For example, if a recipe yields 4 servings, choose 3 recipes and double them for a total of 24 meals! If you love getting healthy takeout a few times a week, factor that into your prep equation.
Pack In Style
If you are making all this food, it must be contained stylishly (preferably with eco-friendly containers). Choose glass, silicone or stainless steel container sets of varying sizes so that you can portion out your meals, snacks, salad dressings, etc. Portioning out your meals ahead of time will save you time during your morning routine, so you can grab and go in the morning! Plus, if you double recipes, you can freeze some portions for future feasting.
Find 1-2 time slots in your schedule when you can buy groceries and spend a few hours preparing your meals. Investing the time for a few hours once or twice a week removes the guesswork for the rest of the week. Schedule it into your calendar to make sure it happens. Fail to plan, plan to fail, my friends.
If you live with kids, your partner, etc., recruit them to help! Many hands make light work. If you don’t have housemates, invite a friend over for a cooking date and share the bounty!
Throw raw fruit and vegetables into the mix to avoid eating only cooked foods. Wash and pre-cut vegetables and fruits for quick and easy snacking.
Megan Horsley is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist who helps her clients discover a holistic approach to their wellbeing with delicious food and, enriching lifestyle choices.