Meal prep is what will you set you apart from the rest of the world when it comes to making the time to prioritize health and fitness in your life. The 6 tips will be game changers for you if you struggle with time!
Time is always everyone’s big struggle. “If I only had more time.” Sorry about your luck, but everyone from the corporate executive to the mom with four kids to the single twenty something grad student all share the exact same amount of time.
It’s not more time we need…it’s making the most of the time we have and one of the best ways to do that is to schedule it.
Yes, schedule your health and fitness time. Let’s face it, if your health sucks, so does everything else in your life. Maybe not today, probably not tomorrow, but ignore your health long enough and everything else will go with it.
Time for making healthy meals is one of the areas that my clients always find challenging when we start together and with a few simple tips, they become time shifters!
Meal Prep Tips: 6 tips to make meal prep a breeze!
- Schedule The Time
There are two times you need to schedule. In the evenings to prepare lunch, breakfast and snacks for the next day. A block of time on Saturday or Sunday (or whenever you enjoy a day off) to batch prepare food. You won’t need more than 20 minutes an evening or 2 hours on your free day.
- Design A Menu
For me this was HUGE! I lay out in menu form what my families meals will look like for the coming week. (I actually do two weeks at time). This guides me for my shopping needs, my batch prep time and saves a lot of time and ‘last minute mistakes’, “There’s nothing to eat”
There’s always something to eat when you plan it, make it, prepare it.
Don’t overlook this super simple fact of life. Having the proper storage containers makes EVERYTHING about meal prep easier. From portion size, to convenience, having great storage containers that can go from the fridge/freezer to the microwave and be your plate saves time and
I use the “FitPakcer – Meal Prep Containers” pictured on the left and centre [AF]. There are lots of different options available.
- Pre-Packaged Healthy Foods Can Help
Pre-cut vegetables, microwave veggies, rice, pre-cooked chicken, turkey…all of these can come in handy and really cut down on prep time. But, make sure you read the labels. You want just the pure food that is on the label with minimal additives and preservative and NO ADDED SUGAR!
- Shop Smart
Foods and supplies that can be bought in bulk are the way to go, but you can’t always do that with fresh foods and you need to buy a couple of time per week. I shop for bulk items whenever I can so that my quick trips to the grocery store are just that.
Make a list and stick to it that is designed from your menu. This will save you time and money.
- Make It A Family Affair
I involve my kids and my husband in our meal planning and the prep. The kids love having input into what the menu will be for supper and for their lunches and the extra hands on batch prep days makes for less time in the kitchen and more time for play and fun!
I guarantee when you use these 6 tips to make meal prep a breeze you will save time and money and it won’t take long before it becomes fast and second nature!
Do you use any of these tips already? Let me know how it works for you and what other tips and tricks you use to stay pin track.
If you haven’t used any of these, try it and let me know how much of a game changer it is for you!