Meal prepping is a win, win! Bored of a Sunday afternoon? Make some healthy food!! To save yourself a bunch of precious time during the busy week! The key to getting ahead with meal prep is to have a few staple foods that you can batch-cook and use in a number of different ways.
If you really don’t have the time, opt for tinned fish, salads, raw veggies (think carrot sticks, cucumber, avocado, tomatoes, capsicums), fruit and nuts, which take zero time to throw in a container.
Taking that extra time to prepare for the week ahead and you’ll be rewarded with:
1. Better nutrition! Having your meals on hand during the day means you don’t have to go to the local cafe for food. This not only saves you time, but also your waistline. You have full control over the portion sizes and ingredients.
2. Regulated Metabolism! You’ll be prepared at snack time when hunger strikes with something nourishing and healthy so you can feed your body regularly. Snacking regularly will stop your body falling into a catabolic state, which results in the loss of lean body tissue (including muscle).
3. Save $$$! A major advantage of planning and prepping your meals: saving money. Skip the $20+ a day you spend on a salad covered in croutons and unknown dressings & your morning coffee and you’ll pocket $75 a week. That’s extra money you could be spending on much better things like extra
Some extra tips on meal prepping –
• Double up your dinner and saving the rest for the following day
• Roast a tray of your favourite veggies ready for salad additions
• Choose raw or no-bake snacks such as almonds, fresh fruit and home-made protein balls
• Make a large soup and freeze in portions
• Boil eggs for the week ahead eat throughout the week as a healthy snack or to add to your lunch
• Grill or poach chicken breasts, allow to cool and store in the fridge
• Buy pre-washed salad mixes
• Cook a big pan of quinoa or brown rice ready to eat cold during the week