It’s a new year, and you’re wondering how to keep your healthy eating resolutions.
Eating healthy is a challenge that comes with excitement and maybe some stress. Let’s find a way to make it fun and meet our goal.
It’s easy to give up just a few days into your resolution. Let’s find a way to stay focused and positive! Imagine if you could ease the stress, save time, and money.
Meal prep is a great solution to reduce stress around healthy eating, so you can reach your goals quickly and easily.
Let’s talk about meal prep and why it’s a game-changer in helping to achieve your health and fitness goals.
What is Meal Prep?
Meal prep is preparing a bulk serving of one or more dishes in advance of the week.
The pre-prepared meals are divided into small portions, which are stored in reusable containers. You can prepare up to 5 days worth of food – keep 3 days of meals in the fridge, and freeze the rest.
This approach to food preparation is becoming popular because it simplifies the focus on healthy eating, while sticking to a budget.
Meal Prep Benefits
Here’s a list of reasons why you should start meal prepping this week.
1. Healthy Choices
Ever feel too exhausted to cook dinner after a busy workday?
The thought of cooking just wears you out, then you end up stopping for fast food on the way home.
We’ve all been there.
Meal prep allows you to cook when you’re energized so you can still eat healthy when you’re feeling tired. And eating healthy will boost your energy, so it’s a win all around.
2. Portion Control
When you prepare meals in advance, you actually see how much you’re eating – unlike at restaurants, where you’re served a huge plate full of food that’s just too delicious to go to waste.
3. Save Money
When my family switched to meal prepping instead of dining out, we saved hundreds of dollars.
No more expensive takeout meals, or extra trips to the grocery store where we end up grabbing more food than we really need.
We were surprised by how little we had to spend on food once we started. $50 a week on groceries is our budget, and we rarely go over it.
4. Fun for the Family
In our house, Sunday is meal prep day. We get together, put on upbeat music, and chat while we cook.
It’s a wonderful time to catch up with each other. We’ve even turned it into a little bit of a competition, to see who can make the best recipe. All in good fun!
Meal Prep Ideas
Ready to try out meal prep, but not sure where to begin? Here are some classic meal prep ideas that are tasty, easy, and inexpensive.
- Roasted chicken and veggies: there are so many options for delicious chicken seasonings – salt, fresh ground pepper, paprika, cayenne pepper, garlic powder, the list goes on. Roast the chicken along with cherry tomatoes, broccoli, or zucchini. Also, pick your favorite type of rice. Check out these 4 meal prep chicken recipes.
- Stir fry: I never get tired of stir fry meals. Use whatever vegetables you have, serve with rice or noodles, and pick your protein. Ground turkey is an excellent healthy choice. A favorite in my family is this chicken teriyaki stir fry recipe.
- Burrito bowls: season your choice of meat with taco seasoning and salsa. Add rice, black beans, corn, and cheese. I highly suggest cilantro lime rice.
- Snack box for work or school: when you’re on the go, it’s helpful to prepare a container of energy-boosting snacks. Some go-tos are sliced red apples with peanut butter, cheese and whole-grain crackers, mixed nuts, berries, or greek yogurt.
Healthy for Your Body and Your Wallet
Setting aside some time each week to prepare a few meals and snacks makes a huge difference in how well you are able to stick to your healthy eating goals.
Meal prep can simplify your life, save you time, energy, and money. Start meal prepping this week!