If you're trying to focus on eating better and maybe getting in better shape, meal planning is going to help you. And meal prep is the easiest part of meal planning, right? Not exactly. While some people have no difficulty coming up with meals for the week, the execution is usually what needs a little work. Meal prepping can make it easier to stick to your meal plan, and even cut down on your cooking time. You won’t need to hire a gourmet chef to prepare your meals for you, but you’ll be able to prepare them as the pros do. If you need to sharpen your meal prepping skills, then don’t miss these three tips to help you meal prep like a pro – even if you're just a beginner!
3 Tips to Meal Prep Like a Pro – Even if You're Just a Beginner!
1. Schedule it in
The difference between an amateur and a pro is the dedication. When it comes to prepping meals, you don’t have to be a gourmet chef to prepare things ahead of time. Just as you should set aside time every week to plan your meals for the week and go shopping for the ingredients, set aside time to do a little meal prep. Depending on your meals this could be something simple like dicing vegetables or even preparing the entire meal to freeze for later. Set aside a few hours each week to do some meal prep, so you won’t have to worry about tedious cooking tasks later.
2. Invest in good quality containers
Everyone should have a good set of containers, but if you are going to be meal prepping, you’re going to need them! Nothing is worse than spending your entire afternoon in the kitchen just to realize you don’t have anything to store it in. I recommend buying a good set of quality containers that will stand the test of time. Glass containers are better than plastic and come in a variety of sizes. Based on what your meals require, make sure you have the containers ready to go before meal prep. You don’t want to get into the kitchen just to realize your containers are all used up.
3. Be mindful of freshness
If you are going to prep food for an entire week, that means they are going to be sitting in your fridge for a whole week. While prepping can save you time, it is going to do you no good if all your food is bad by the end of the week. Be aware of food expiration dates, and recipes that can stand the week-long chill time. When preparing meals, be mindful of dishes you may need to eat first to preserve freshness. If you are struggling with balancing freshness and recipes, divide your meal prep up over the course of a few days instead of all at once. This can help preserve some of your fresh veggies until they’re ready to be cut, and they’ll last much longer that way.
Meal prepping doesn’t require a lot of work, and these three secrets will take you from amateur to pro in no time. While these may seem like such simple tips, sometimes the best ones are! Follow these three tips, and you’ll be a meal prepping pro before you know it.
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