Meal prepping is a great way to organise what we want to eat in the week, for many reasons. It’s ideal if you’ve got a busy schedule, wanting to save money instead of eating out or to stay on track with a diet.
Sometimes it can get a little overwhelming when we’re stumped on what meals to prep or if our food is going to stay fresh for the week ahead. We’ve broken down some tips to help you when it comes to easy meal prepping, along with a link for meal prep recipe inspiration..
Benefits of meal prepping
- Saves money
- Reduces waste
- Good way to stay on track with healthy eating and diets
- You know what you’re putting into your food
- Easier to control portions
- Helps you to avoid mid-week slumps, such as avoiding ordering takeaways
Choose high quality food containers
Getting high quality food storage containers is the best way to keep your food fresh, and keep it hot/cold. Thermal stainless steel containers are usually airtight, perfect for keeping food such as soup warm for longer.
Choose food that will stay fresh
Avoid foods that won’t hold up well for the week when kept refrigerated, such as salads and cut avocados. Foods that are great to store for a the week are:
- Cooked meats
- Roasted vegetables
- Sturdy raw vegetables
Include ‘food-to-go’ in your meals
This includes snacks such as protein/cereal bars, yoghurt pots and nuts/seeds to graze on. Buying in bulk and adding these to your breakfast, lunch or as snacks for the day is a great way to avoid mid-day sugar cravings.
Work out the best day for you to begin your meal prep. Some prefer to stick to a routine of using Monday and Thursday to prep, but others prefer to get it all done on their day off or on the weekend.
For a range of easy recipes to meal prep for the week, visit the link: https://sweetpeasandsaffron.com/19-healthy-lunch-meal-prep-ideas/
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