Meal Prepping 101

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I know, MEAL PREPPING can seem so daunting and time-consuming. SO, I’ve created 3 TOP TIPS to get you started on planning & prepping your meals without having it “eat up” an entire day (no pun intended —- okay, maybe slightly intended).

 

First, WHY MEAL PREP?!

You’ve all heard the saying, “When you fail to prepare, prepare to fail.” It’s so true. Think about it. It’s a busy Wednesday at the office. You didn’t pack a lunch, it’s 1pm, and you’re starving. Some co-workers are going to grab fast food, and that’s sounds a whole lot better than the nothing you have prepared. So, you go. You eat. Then you feel BLAH and tired all day, and definitely don’t have energy to work out when you get home.

Meal prepping could have prevented that! I’ll show you 3 easy tips to get started:

 

TIP #1: PICK A SPECIFIC TIME TO PREP 

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Think about your weekly schedule. When can you set aside 1 hour to prep? For me, it’s Sunday afternoons. That means, I’ll have gone to the grocery store that weekend, have turned on some tunes, and am ready to wash, cut, and prep.

 

TIP #2: PLAN OUT EASY MEALS FOR EACH DAY 

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Baby steps, right? You don’t need to suddenly be a Top Chef & whipping out crazy recipes. Choose fruit, veggies, some carbs and proteins. If you eat meat, an easy lunchtime meal is baked chicken, sautéed veggies, and couscous.

Also, make part of your meal prepping time to wash & cut ALL of your fruits and raw veggies you’ll use for snacking. Put them in clear containers eye-level when you open the fridge. This way, your eyes will be attracted to the healthy stuff when you have a snack attack.

 

TIP #3 MAKE IT FUN!!! 

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It doesn’t have to be BORING to plan your meals! Buy a fun chalkboard and write out your meals of the week. Play your favorite Pandora station LOUD as you prep, DANCE, be a little wild!

Speaking of, when I prep it involves baking up chicken (which you can do in the oven or SUPER easily in the crock pot for shredded chicken), washing & cutting fruits and veggies. I also cook couscous or quinoa, and create my meals of the week on a chalkboard that my handy husband built 🙂

Make food prepping an enjoyable experience. When you do that, you’re likely to repeat the behavior.

 

& you won’t find yourself being roped in to eating junk for lunch… you’ve got your meals all figured out.

 

Now – start Pinterest-ing some easy healthy meals, get out your grocery list, and start planning for next week!

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