We have all heard someone say “If you fail to plan, you plan to fail.” Although it sounds a little cliché, it is oh so true. Whether you’re a mom, student, or a young professional working on your career, I’m sure you’re always on the go. It’s difficult to stick to a diet when you’re constantly passing Mickey D’s, Wendy’s, and Burger King. With my personal fitness journey, I have learned the art of meal prepping! I plan what I’m going to eat for each meal and even snacks. Here are a few do’s, don’ts, tips. and tricks on meal prepping:
1. Make your menu and grocery list BEFORE getting to the store. When I don’t write out my list, I pick up a whole bunch of stuff that I don’t really need. Save yourself the shelf space and money by buying only the healthy food that you need for your meals and snacks.
2. Pack a reasonable and realistic amount of food for your lifestyle. Some weeks, depending on how busy my schedule is, I’ll prep 5 day worth of food and other weeks, I’ll prep only 3 days. On those weeks, I’ll prep on Sunday and then again on Wednesday. I don’t prep for the weekends. The weekend is my time to eat at restaurants and enjoy being free from work. But don’t use it as a pass to get that bacon cheeseburger!
3. Keep healthy snacks in reach at all times! I keep oranges, apples, and nuts in my purse at all times. When I get that feeling to just eat something, having these in reach will keep me from going to the vending machine for a bag of Hot Cheetos.
4. Don’t over eat. Portion control is very important for obvious reasons. We want to feel light and free. Don’t let over eating cause you to be weighed down, especially while you’re needing to be on the move. I personally use portion control containers that I got from Beach Body. They are color coded and easy to use. You can find similar containers at various superstores like WalMart. I use the color coded containers to measure my food, then put it all in my sectioned meal containers.
5. Most times, eating vegetables is a daunting task. Lets be real, the taste of spinach and kale aren’t good! I like to drink my veggies. Prep your green smoothies as well as your meals. I put fresh kale, spinach, broccoli, berries, banana, and apple in a freezer bag and freeze it. When its time for my breakfast shake, I put everything in the NuriBullet with a cup of water and 3 Oz of Greek yogurt, and I go about my business. Now, I don’t have to worry as much about getting in my super foods. I still get the cooked veggies with my balanced meals.
The key here is to prep and plan everything! Talk with some of your friends and bounce healthy ideas off each other. That’s how I got my favorite meal prep recipe! Plan for yourself, get some friends to plan with you, and watch your accountability group grow!