Meal prep. One of the most hyped concepts in the fitness and health industry. You don’t need to be a hardcore weight-lifting, clean eating, steamed-broccoli-or-else type. Meal prep isn’t an all nothing approach. Plus, you’ll get sick of steamed broccoli every day.
Planning ahead even just a few meals to include healthy, whole ingredients makes it easier to be healthy during the midweek rush. And it’s significantly cheaper than eating out. Here are the best meal prep tips and food to help you start the week off right.
Plan ahead. Meal prep doesn’t just require cooking ahead of time, you need a game plan. Before going to the grocery store, take a moment to plan your meals and snacks for the week. Make sure you also schedule time to prep (for many, Sunday nights are best.)
Get the right equipment. Assess your kitchen. Make sure you have enough Tupperware and containers to meal prep for the week. Make sure they are the proper sizes. It will make it easier to control portion size.
Start small. You don’t have to prep every piece off food you plan on eating this week. If you’re new to the meal prep game, start out with 2-3 meals per week. Chop veggies, bake chicken ahead of time and store it in containers. Even if you don’t have everything prepared, just having a few key ingredients prepped will save you time during the week.
Choose foods that will last all week. Nothing is more frustrating than working hard to prep your food only to find it doesn’t last all week. Choose healthy foods with a long fridge life. Some of our favorites include:
- Grains: quinoa, whole wheat pasta, oatmeal, brown rice
- Veggies: carrots, sweet potatoes, cauliflower, kale
- Fruit: apples, grapes, bananas, berries
- Protein: chicken, eggs, ground turkey, lentils
Don’t forget the fun stuff. Use spices and switch it up! Dry chicken and steamed broccoli will only get you so far. Try roasting or grilling your protein and veggies. Throw your fruit into a morning smoothie. Add cinnamon to your apple slices. Spices are a great way to liven up your food without adding extra calories.
Pair your meal prep with at home workouts by Body Fit. We’ll bring the equipment, personal trainer, everything. It’s all the amenities of a gym with the comfort of your home. And your certified St. Louis personal trainer will tailor the workouts to your fitness level.
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