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Easy Meal Prepping for a Better Week

Easy Meal Prepping for a Better Week

Meal prepping is a great way to ensure you and your family eat healthy all week long. Plus, it saves lots of time and keeps you from impulsively eating out and blowing the monthly food budget. Here are some tips for getting started with meal prepping.

Don’t Go Overboard

Meal prepping is supposed to make your life easier, not more complicated. So don’t go overboard with prepping, especially if youve never done this before. Decide what kind of prepping would make your life easiest—maybe its prepping all the meals for your most hectic day of the week, or maybe you want to prep lunches to save money during the work week. Regardless, dont try to prep breakfast, lunch and dinner for the entire week in one day.

Stock Up On Containers

Food-safe containers and storage bags will be your new best friends. If you haven’t meal prepped in the past, you probably dont have enough containers, so before you begin meal prepping, be sure to stock up. Make sure you have these on hand:

  • Glass containers for reheating
  • Freezer-safe containers and bags
  • Tiny containers for sauces and salad dressing
  • Compartment containers
  • Large containers for family-sized meals, if necessary.

Set Aside Time to Plan and Prep

Meal prepping takes time, so figure out the best day of the week and make sure your grocery trip also falls on that day. Know what you’re prepping and have a shopping list ready before you go to the store—figuring it out when you get there will waste time and leave you feeling overwhelmed. Instead, stick to the plan and be OK with eating the same foods several days in a row—it will make prepping easier.

Prepping Doesn’t Have to Mean Cooking

You can still save a lot of time prepping meals in advance even if you don’t cook them. For instance, if you know youll be making a crock pot meal later in the week, you can cut and season the ingredients ahead of time so all youll have to do is dump it into the crock pot later. You can also portion out smoothie ingredients in advance and freeze them so theyre ready to blend in the morning or after a workout. Just remember, the purpose of prepping is to save time on busy days and help you stay on track with your health goals. If your prepping routine accomplishes that, youre doing it right.

The providers at AdventHealth Whole Health Institute, located at AdventHealth South Overland Park, can help you build personalized nutrition plans to boost your whole health. Visit the AdventHealth Whole Health Institute to find healthy recipes or call 913-632-3550 to schedule an appointment.

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