Recently, in my own health journey, I have realized the importance of prepping my meals. Over the years, I have heard so many people talk about how important it is to prep your meals before hand, but I just never found time to do so. I have had numerous instances lately where I have been caught out running errands or doing day to day life type things and was unable to eat as healthy as I would have liked. This is where prepping your meals ahead of time comes in handy. Meal prepping can greatly help people with a busy lifestyle. If you already have your meals portioned out and ready to go, it is so easy to grab one and go if you have things to do. This way, you can get what you need to get done without having to worry about going off of your diet or searching for the healthiest place to stop. While there can be some very healthy options, nothing is going to be as clean as your home cooked meals.
Now, I know what you are thinking because it is the same thing I thought, “Who in the world has time to cook ten meals at once.” However, it really is easier and quicker than one would think. For instance, you can cook multiple chicken breasts at once versus taking time out of each day to cook individual chicken breasts. You can also steam your veggies in bulk and then distribute them equally among your meals. Things such as hard-boiled eggs are great for a quick breakfast or snack. I recommend buying some small containers that are microwaveable and easily seal to store your cooked food in. Then, when you are ready to eat you can simply pull out a meal and throw it in the microwave. There are also some great resources out there to help you with your meal prepping such as videos and different websites. Some of these resources will even give a grocery list to assist you in your meal shopping.
Making healthy choices while you are out of the house is not the only reason to meal prep. Meal prepping is also great for those days when you just don’t feel like cooking. It can be tough to come home from a long day of work and cook a full course meal. Imagine how much easier it would be to simply throw your meal in the microwave and enjoy it. I have also found that meal prepping allows me to be more accurate in my daily macronutrient intakes than cooking individual meals. I can cook my food all at once and distribute it equally among my week versus accidentally cooking too much and eating it all at one sitting.
Therefore, meal prepping is a great way to prepare yourself for a successful week of eating. I encourage you to start prepping your meals and take note of how much it helps you. As I mentioned above, search for resources to help you and start out slow by cooking a couple meals ahead if you have too. Before you know it, you will be prepping for the whole week and on your way to a healthier and cleaner lifestyle.