Preparing some of your foods and meals in advance saves time throughout the week and takes the guesswork out of what to make and what to eat!
Having healthy meals ready to grab and go will ensure you have healthy, filling, nutritious meals to eat anytime, anywhere and prevent you from foraging around eating anything and everything in sight... it will keep you from hitting the drive-thrus!
Truthfully, sometimes we don’t feel like eating chicken (again) BUT, if you’ve already invested the money and time preparing it, you’ll probably feel more inclined to eat it anyway!
We recommend scheduling your meal prep into your calendar or having set times each week. Life gets hectic and can be unpredictable at times as things pop up.
Consider what your week is like. For example, if you have business lunches, dinners or social events to attend, you don’t want to prepare too much and end up wasting food. You’ll be more inclined to execute your meal prep if it’s firmly written into your calendar.
A frequently asked question is: How many times per week should I prepare my meals?
The answer is: It depends on your preference and lifestyle.
Once per week
If you prefer prepping all of your meals for the week in one shot, we recommend keeping 2-3 days' worth of meals in the fridge and the remaining meals in your freezer. This ensures that food stays fresh and doesn’t spoil. You can take meals out the night before as needed and unthaw them in the fridge. Never leave more than three days worth of food in your fridge. It increases the risk of food-borne illness and impacts the taste and texture. And let’s face it, nobody wants to eat rubbery chicken breasts.
Twice a week or more
Some people prefer prepping meals twice a week or more because they don’t like the taste and texture of food once it's been unthawed from the freezer. It ensures your food is fresh and safe and allows you to add variety to your diet because you can switch up your meals to prevent boredom.
Meal prepping a second time later in the week will also help you stay on track over the weekend. What often happens is the weekend rolls around, life gets crazy, we end up hungry and reach for the quick-easy fix such as fast-food or take out.
Don’t let your weekend be your WEAK-END!
Have the right ingredients and tools for the job
Stay on top of what’s in stock (or out of stock) in your kitchen. When you go grocery shopping, make a list and try to buy enough for the week or even two weeks if possible.
You’ve scheduled the time to get all the ingredients; now, let’s ensure that you have all the kitchen tools for successful meal prep.
Suppose you are in a pinch and need some quick and healthy meals. Despite our best efforts to stay prepared, from time to time, things pop up. Here are our “go-to's.”
Like anything, building habits is a skill that takes time and consistency!
With a bit of practice, you will find a convenient, effective, and enjoyable system.