If you read my blog then you probably know that I am dedicated to eating healthy and losing weight. I am currently on the Nutrisystem program and document my journey and almost 100-pound weight loss here on my blog. If you are new to the blog please check out my story here. One thing that I have learned over the last seven months is that meal prep and portion control are key to being successful no matter what diet plan you use. On my plan, I add in my own fresh fruits and veggies for my meals and snacks so I like to prep these ahead of time. I do this on the weekends during my weekly meal prep. I thought it would be fun to put together a quick list of my meal prep tips. So here are my top three!
Tip 1: Prep Foods All At Once
The thing I love about my diet plan is that everything is planned out for me and I can quickly and easily grab my foods on the program and heat them up and eat them. I don’t have to think about it or measure anything. So when it comes to the fresh foods that I add to the program to balance it out I also want these to be quick and easy to grab with no measuring or weighing. On the weekends I spend time planning out what I will need each day. A good game plan is necessary when it comes to meal prep success. I put mine all in a weekly meal planner and then write out a grocery list to go with it. I am using mostly fresh foods so there usually isn’t a lot of cooking involved but even if you are cooking your meals I suggest you do it all at once. I like to do mine on Sundays. I plan, shop, and prepare everything on Sunday so I am ready to go for the following week. I can quickly open the fridge grab my foods and go. No thinking, no measuring, no weighing, it’s all done for me.
Tip 2: Invest in a Good Quality Container
Finding quality containers sounds like it doesn’t matter but it does. If you have a good quality container then you will not have to keep replacing them. Plus if you get the right kind it will be a lifesaver in the prepping process. I love Fit & Fresh. They have a bunch of great containers that are perfect for meal-prep. I pack a lot of salads and their salad shaker container is the best. It has a removable ice pack in the lid so it keeps your salad cold and fresh for hours. You can prep it ahead of time and then pop in the ice pack to take with you to work or on the go eating. It also features a dressing compartment that you can fill up ahead of time. When you are ready for your salad simply twist the compartment and it will open up to dispense your dressing directly into your salad. How awesome is that?
When it comes to my other snacks and fresh foods I love using containers that help me with portion control as well as meal prep. Fit & Fresh has these great 1 cup portion control containers that are perfect. They are great quality and have the measurements right on the side of the container. I can easily measure out my foods without having to dig out a measuring cup. I know that I am getting the perfect serving size because I can see it as a fill the container. Plus they come with two removable ice packs that will keep your food fresh and cold. Perfect for on the go snacking.
Tip 3: Look For Shortcuts
No one wants to spend all day in the kitchen prepping foods so make it easy on yourself and look for shortcuts. I buy pre-cut veggies. I look for simple recipes that I can make quickly and easily. I try to find ways to cut the time by purchasing things that are pre-made but still healthy. So instead of making home-made applesauce, I can grab an organic unsweetened pre-packaged applesauce that I can just grab and take with me. Instead of cutting up veggies all day I can just buy some mini carrots or pre-cut tomatoes. You would be surprised how much time it will cut off your meal prepping time.
What are your meal-prepping tips? Please share them in the comments.
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