Conquering The Beast of Meal Prep

meal-prep.jpgMeal Prep is one of life’s great necessary evils.  Rest assured, that meal prep does not have to be painful or all consuming! Here are some tips on how to make meal prep easy, family friendly and dare I say FUN!

  • Make it a date:  Dave and I often meal prep together, taking a couple of hours every Sunday to juice and cook large batches of staples that we will use throughout the week.  We also use this time to plan our menu for the week.  Whether you are meal prepping as a team or solo, you need to pick a time that works best for your schedule and actually put it on your calendar like any other appointment.  Making prep a part of your weekly schedule will facilitate actually getting it done (instead of putting it off indefinitely).
  • Have a plan: Before you hit the grocery store, be sure to have a plan as to what you will be cooking for the week and exactly what you will need.  Having a plan in place will help get things done more efficiently (including your grocery shopping) and save you time and frustration.  Here are some printable meal plan options from our friends at the Daily Burn Printable Meal Plan Templates
  • Variety is key:  It is all too easy to fall into the trap of cooking the same things week in and week out.  Take a few minutes each week to scout the internet for some new recipes to add into your rotation.  Don’t be afraid to change up the seasonings and experiment with new and different spices on some of your staples.  Boredom is one of the main reasons people struggle to maintain healthy eating habits.
  • Don’t forget your favorites:  Healthy eating should be about balance and not deprivation.  Love pizza from the local pizza joint or Taco Tuesday?  Maybe for you or your family it is comfort food like Mac and Cheese.  Whatever the favorites are, be sure to incorporate them into your monthly meal plan to help prevent boredom and add variety.
  • Learn to multitask: As you become more comfortable with the idea of meal prepping, try to utilize as much of your kitchen as possible.  I love to have something roasting in the oven, simmering on the stove top and rocking in the crock pot all while I am juicing and cutting up fruits and veggies.  Multi tasking will greatly reduce the time it takes to meal prep, saving you precious time.

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