Have you ever considered meal prep and planning?
Don’t think it applies to you? Wondering why you should bother? What’s in it for you?
Meal prep is often considered something you do when you want to lose weight, or save time. But there are reasons why everyone should do this more often. Here are some extra tips on why everyone should consider doing it, at least some of the time:
You Save Money
One of the top reasons to start meal prepping is that you will save money. That’s because you’re able to buy more foods in bulk. Consider how much you would save by purchasing your meat and veggies in bulk, instead of just buying small portions that you need for one or two meals. You can then prep your meals, and gain all of the other benefits as well. Plus you save money by not making as many different meals, and by avoiding eating out.
It Allows You More Time During the Week
If you’re someone who often skips making home cooked meals during the week because you don’t have a lot of time due to work and other responsibilities, meal prepping will be perfect for you. Choose an evening or weekend day when you have some extra time, and prepare or cook most of the meals for the week. That way, all that needs to be done is to put your meals together and some minor heating up or cooking the rest of the days of the week.
You Can Eat Healthier
Meal prepping ensures that you will eat healthier meals since every single meal is very carefully planned out. You’ll be making multiple healthy meals at one time, often using fresh or frozen produce, lean protein, and other natural ingredients. It also helps you to learn portion control. Use meal prep containers that include compartments that separate different parts of the meals into proper portion sizes.
Preparing your meals ahead of time is not difficult to do. Start by accepting the fact that it will take a bit of time, especially the first time you do it, if you’ve never tried it before. There may be weeks when you want to include special meals. Maybe you’ll want to go through cookbooks and/or look for recipes online. That’s okay. You’ll become super organized. You’ll have your list of ingredients, so no more realizing as you’re cooking that you don’t have everything you need.
And, as you can see, you’ll benefit in many other ways.