Meal prep can appear time consuming, tedious or boring but it doesn’t have to be! I have been “prepping” my meals for years now and it has only gotten easier as time goes on. Here are my top 5 tips…
1.) Cook and prepare in bulk! I cannot stress this enough. Cooking your lean proteins, carbs and veggies in large quantities saves time and makes it easier to put together meals. My favorite way to cook chicken is in a crock pot. It’s so easy and all you have to do is plug it in and turn it on. My favorite way to cook rice is in a rice cooker. Once again, plug it in and turn it on. Veggies can be washed, chopped and eaten raw or you can season them then bake or sauté them in large quantities.
2.) Start simple! Honestly, most of my meals are very simple when it comes to “ingredients” and methods of preparation. Of course you can follow more complicated recipes with multiple ingredients and more “steps” in preparation but if you’re just starting out and weary of “everything” involved don’t over complicate things and stick to simple, fool proof preparations.
3.) Prep meals and foods you ENJOY and that you will EAT! You can meal prep your heart out but unless you actually cook foods you LIKE and you will LOOK FORWARD to eating your efforts will be wasted. Don’t like fish, then don’t cook it! Don’t like kale, don’t bother! LOVE sweet and sour chicken, awesome, make it! Think about what you might order at a restaurant and find ways to re-create that food at home but in a portion, calorie controlled manner.
4.) Have fun with spices, sauces and seasonings and get creative! My favorite way to make “boring” foods less bland is to try different ways to flavor things. Some of my favorite ways to season are with garlic, rosemary, Italian, onion powder, cumin, and sea salt. A little bit of soy sauce, olive oil, low sugar barbeque sauce, or low sugar teriyaki go a long way.
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