Usually when you're getting tired of what you're eating, you tend to make some bad food choice decisions. Taking some time every week for meal prep can help keep it interesting.
While there are a bunch of good on the go grab options, let's face it, there is only so many prepared protein bars and salads you can eat before they get boring. By setting aside some time for preparing ingredients and meals in advance, you'll have greater control over putting more vegetables, healthy fats, and lean protein into your routine.
Here are 3 hacks you can use to help spice up your meal prepping:
THINK INGREDIENTS NOT MEALS
There are 2 main ways to do a meal prep, you either create whole meals and put them in plastic containers or you can focus on ingredients that can be thrown together real quick. Focus on convenience foods that can be transformed into a variety of meals. These will include mayo, pasta noodles, hard boiled eggs, roasted chicken or (grilled) and some type of veggies. These types of meals usually would take up to 5-10 minutes to prepare.
Before chopping up anything and cooking, you should take out all the utensils and equipment you would need to get the job done. For example, take out a couple cutting boards, a few different cutting knives, measuring cups and large mixing bowls. By taking up 10 minutes of this preparation will easily save you plenty of time compared to taking them out as you need it.
You should expect to take 2-3 hours of the prep. This prep doesn't need to be done all at once. For example you can do 60-90 minutes on Monday and 60-90 minutes on Wednesday. The most important aspect is to make sure you put it down on your schedule and stick to it.
Your time in the kitchen should be productive and also fun. The more you can make your meal prep fun and time consuming, the more you'll do it. Let us know in the comments below if these hacks helped you and share some of your experiences.
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