Meal prep honestly isn’t my favorite activity, but making it a habit has helped my successes in so many ways. I don’t waste time standing in front of my fridge wondering what to eat, and I stay on track a lot more easily this way. One way I make sure it happens is to make it a scheduled activity that happens same day and same-ish time every week.
1. Repeat Recipes
When you’re creating your menu for prep remember you don’t need to have something different every day. I like to choose 2-3 of my favorite recipes for lunches specifically and repeat them a few times throughout the week.
When I’m prepping these meals I just make sure to triple or double the recipe to make sure I make enough. Then I just rotate the meals throughout the week so I’m not eating the same thing two days in a row. Keeps my meals from being ‘boring’ but also make prep a whole lot easier.
2. Batch Cook
Choose recipes that can use the same ingredients or have similar bases so that you can prep a lot at the same time.
Here are some examples:
Roasted Veggies, Quinoa, Chicken, Ground Turkey, Lean Ground Beef, or Hard Boiled Eggs
Meal-prep containers are amazing for using this method. Setting up the proper portions for each meal and then plating them helps ensure that your meals are set up and ready to go for you.
This helps shorten the time you spend thinking about what you’re going to be eating next, or trying to put something together when you’re hungry. I don’t know about you, but trying to piece stuff together when I’m hungry is harder than any other time.
4. Frozen Fruits and Veggies
Don’t be afraid to use frozen fruits and veggies because they can be just as good as fresh. Since frozen veggies are already cooked beforehand they just need a quick reheat in the microwave for a steamed affect. Mix with some of your quinoa and chicken and TA-DA you have a fully balanced meal.
Frozen fruit is always a great addition to add into my Shakeology, just grab it and throw it in.
Look for any alternatives that can make your life easier. You can always find pre-chopped veggies, zoodles, riced cauliflower, peeled and diced fruit, and pre-washed salads. Using these things can sometimes cost a little more, but it can also save you a lot of time and hassle. If you’re a busy mom like me, time is VALUABLE so I’ll take any time saving hacks I can get.