Ever feel like you don’t want to cook because of the time spent in front of the stove? We’ve all been there. Fortunately there is a solution that can help you save time and that won’t leave you hungry. Meal prepping is a great way to save you from spending hours every single day in the kitchen. There are a few different ways to meal prep. A simple way to start out could be to pick a day (for me it is Sunday) and pick either a side dish or a main entrée that you can include and make many meals out of. For example; you may cook up a few chicken breasts and then over the course of a few days use them in different meals. This could include: chicken and rice, chicken and broccoli, chicken and a sweet potato. Whatever the mix, it will save you time having everything plotted out and just having to quickly throw in your protein or your side.
Not wanting to cook tends to lead to unhealthy food choices. Think about it, you had a long day; you get home and still have to cook. This may lead to you grabbing that frozen pizza or that tub of ice cream or worse, going out to eat! Eating out can be very expensive when you have to do it frequently. With prepping ahead of time, this will help you stay on track budget wise with fewer trips to your local burger joint.
It is just common sense that eating more healthy foods will help you feel better. Don’t believe me? Try eating clean for a week and then making a trip to McDonald’s for a Big Mac. You see, our bodies aren’t made to be hooked on over processed greasy foods. These foods are more of a convenience factor. It has been said you are what you eat, in my opinion this is somewhat true. With incorporating healthier foods into your daily diet, your body can get the nutrients it needs to run efficiently, but wait, there is more! With eating smaller portions more frequent throughout the day, your metabolism can increase and you can actually burn more calories. I invite you to try meal prepping. After all, our health is most important for us to be the best we can be!
Stay tuned for our upcoming blog on how to successfully meal prep.
by Dustin Holler, CPT