Meal prep doesn’t have to be elaborate, complicated or time-consuming. In fact, it can actually free up a lot of time and make your day-to-day life easier. Follow these 8 tips for efficient meal prepping and ease your way into better health:
1. Plan Your Meals, Then Shop For Food, Then Cook
Write down all the recipes you want to cook that will last you the next seven days. Try not to get overly ambitious in your first week. It’s best to start with 2 or 3 recipes so you don’t get overwhelmed.
2. Cook Multiple Dishes At Once
You can cook chicken in a skillet while roasting vegetables in the oven. Meal prep is all about time-efficiency, so aim to save yourself as much time in the kitchen as possible.
3. Use Mason Jars
Mason jars are a meal preppers best friend. They are one of the most practical ways to store and transport food because they are inexpensive, microwave-safe (just remove the lid first), and great for salads. When assembling a salad, be sure to put the dressing on the bottom and leaves at the top to avoid sogginess.
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5. Load Up On Veggies
Vegetables should make up 1/3 to 1/2 of your meal. The vitamins, minerals and fiber will help to control your appetite and keep your metabolism working at a healthy speed.
6. Meat Eaters Should Select Lean Proteins
Chicken, grass-fed beef, fish, and tofu are all lean proteins that keep us feeling full and satisfied long after a meal, without adding much in the way of saturated fat or calories. Lean protein also supports muscle building!
7. Whole Grains Are Better Than Starch
Quinoa, whole grain pasta, farro, and brown rice are great bases for lunch and dinner because they pair well with virtually any kind of meat or vegetable. Peas, beans and lentils are also a terrific source of iron and are rich in fiber. Keep your portions of starch (like pasta and potatoes) to one third or less with every meal.
8. A Little Oil Goes A Long Way
Before you start sauteing your meal, remember to use cooking oils in small amounts. Healthy, omega-3 fats found in olive and avocado oil are great, but you don’t need more than a tablespoon.
9. Cut Back On High-Calorie Toppings
After cooking a healthy meal, we are often tempted to be liberal with the application of salt, cheese, and high-sugar salad dressings. Although they’re tasty, they add calories very quickly. Opt for more natural and low-calorie toppings instead, like:
- Fresh herbs
- Citrus juice
- Nutritional yeast
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