The number one question I get asked is how I meal prep. I typically only meal prep when I have a specific goal in mind and I’m getting ready to push myself really hard. When it comes to nutrition it’s all about mindset. Really thats it. Once you master your mindset you can master anything. I have plenty of other places where I talk about dieting and what I think about it, but here I want to give you my top tips for successful meal prepping. This has nothing to do with dieting, since we know by now that I don’t diet, ever. There are times I focus heavily on making sure I’m getting the proper amount of dense nutrients that I need (like when I want to see results faster or have a big trip coming up), but never ever do I tell myself I can’t have something I enjoy eating. (More on that here).
Meal prep is set up to make your week easier. It’s perfect for really anyone, if you’re busy and work a 9-5 office job, having meals that you can grab on your way out the door makes life incredibly easy. If you’re a stay at home mom or work from home, having meals prepped and ready to grab in between the chaos helps so much. I’ve also found that having things prepped helps with my follow through. If it’s easy to grab I’m more likely to eat the thing I’ve prepped rather than grabbing something else that might not be as fulfilling and good for me.
- Write out your meal plan like a menu. When you have a ‘menu’ to work off of there is no guess work. You already know what you’re going to eat and you don’t have to think on your feet when you’re hungry. When I’m hungry I want ease and accessibility if I have things written out that makes it that much easier for me. ( Blank template below )
- Batch cook. Instead of prepping specific meals look at your menu and batch cook the proteins and any other big items that can be cooked ahead of time (ie potatoes, rice, quinoa, sweet potatoes). This way you can have a grab and go set up, this makes it so easy to mix it up and not get bored with your meals.
- Eat food you like. This one should be a no brainer, but if you don’t like kale don’t force yourself to eat kale. Find foods you enjoy and eat those things. This not only makes meal prep more fun because you can get excited for the food you’re prepping, but also helps with follow through on eating the things you’ve prepped.
- Wash, cut, and chop fruits and veggies. You can steam your veggies ahead of time too, but I personally like them steamed fresh. Whatever you like best will work though. Having fruit washed and cut up ahead of time also makes it more convenient to just grab and eat. Meal prep is all about making things easier for you during the week.
- Don’t be afraid to repeat meals. This is where batch cooking really comes in handy, because say you grill a bunch of chicken at the beginning of the week now you can use that chicken for burrito bowls, chicken salads, or chicken and pasta. I don’t get bored very easily at all with what I eat so I really do eat the same things all the time, this cuts down cost on groceries and also helps making the planning overall easier.