Commit to grocery shopping:
Many people start out trying to meal prep with food they have around the house. Spaghetti o’s and pasta in a Tupperware container are not much better than your trip to a restaurant. You may start your meal prepping journey by heading to the grocery store to pick up some fresh food more suitable to meet your goals. Stay away from processed and canned food and try to shop the perimeter of the store to best accomplish that.
Keep it simple:
Let’s face it, we all love gourmet meals. With food prepping you are going to want to keep it simple with your food choices. You have your three food groups of Protein, Carbohydrates, and fats. Pick foods that you can prepare and store for up to three days that will still be tasty to eat. See below for a few ideas for each food group!
Protein: Chicken breast, lean ground beef, pork, steak, lean lunch meat (turkey breast, ham, or roast beef- Usually pre-packaged)
Carbohydrates: Oats, quinoa, sweet potatoes, brown rice, wild rice, whole-grain tortillas (perfect for a clean made burrito) and wheat or whole grain bread.
Healthy fats: Avocados, Almonds, pecans, pistachios, pumpkin seeds, peanut butter, almond butter, olive oil and coconut oil
Pick a day:
Having to make meals every morning for the day ahead may set you up for failure in the meal prepping world. The best way to successfully prep is to pick a certain day of the week that you can devote a bit of time to cooking meals for at least 3 days out. Like I said above with keeping the choices simple, have everything picked out ahead of time. I usually pick Sunday since it is easiest and I have a bit of time to devote towards cooking and prepping my week intake. Remember you will want to prepare your protein, carb and fat choices in larger quantities and transfer them into smaller containers for the week ahead. An example of this could be making 5 chicken breast at once paired with a large portion of mixed veggies in the skillet and then divided them up in your set portions for your meals.