Tips for Meal Prepping
By Amy Silva
Many people don't think they have time to do meal prepping, or meal prep, but it only takes a bit of preparation and getting used to. For people who don't believe they have time, it's usually due to not keeping meals simple enough that they can be prepared quickly. By keeping meals simple, you save time and money. For people trying to watch their weight, meal prepping can mean the difference between sticking to their diet and stopping for fast food on their lunch break or after work.
Benefits of Meal Prepping
The biggest benefit of meal prepping is that it saves time. Rather than cooking a meal every evening or preparing snacks and lunches daily, you simply spend a couple of hours making different meals and snacks at once. Many people like doing this on Sunday because they can have their lunches and dinners prepared for the workweek. This helps cut down on trips to the snack machine or fast food restaurants. Which brings us to the next point of meal prepping helps saves money. When you know what you're eating for every meal throughout the day, you'll likely spend less money during those times you don't have a plan and waste money on food because you weren't prepared.
How to Save Time
- Oven - Some people don't use their oven often enough but using it for one type of food while you're cooking others on the stove top or using other methods is helpful. It cuts down on how many things you have to do and gets more done at once. Meat and seafood, potatoes and vegetables are great choices for the oven.
- Crock Pot - Crock Pots or slow cookers are great for cooking large amounts of meat. There's no need to stand over it or constantly check on it as if it were on the stove or in the oven. Vegetables can also be added along with the meat. This saves you time, allowing you to get other meals prepped at the same time.
- Grill - Grilling different types of meat, seafood and even vegetables on the grill allows you to get all the meat cooked at once. It also adds a flavor you can't recreate at the stove.
Healthy Foods for Meal Prep
- Meat and seafood can be prepared in numerous ways and using different seasonings prevents it from getting boring
- Grains and vegetables such as rice, potatoes, broccoli, green beans and others
- Fruit, cheese and nuts can be separated into containers ahead of time so you can grab and go
By planning meals and keeping ingredients simple you'll save time and money.
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