Every day this week, I cover a meal prep subject to get your meal prep game on fleek. Today, we go over the three steps to do the thing!
Step 1: Plan Your Meals
Make sure each meal includes a balance of lean protein, carbohydrates (starch), vegetables, and healthy fats. One suggestion is, 2-3 days before your meal prep day, email yourself a list of meals that you will want to eat the next week. When you go shopping, just buy for those meals. This will save you money in the store because you won’t be overrun with impulse buys.
Step 2: Create your Meal Prep shopping listed based on the meals you planned
You don’t want to be mid-prep and missing an ingredient! Check what ingredients you already have on hand and then add what you are missing to your list. Check out this resource page for multiple checklists, grocery lists (low carb, whole30, paleo, gluten free, etc) , and calendars.
Step 3: Prep, prep, prep!!
Set a calendar reminder on your phone or computer to block the time you need to meal prep on the day that works best for you. Don’t let meal prep dictate your schedule; meal prep on a day that is best for your hectic life. And don’t get caught up in prepping a bunch of meals all at once. Keep a few meals on handy at all times for quick grab and go or meal prep in bulk and just pick out a protein, veg, carb and fat on the fly, from your bulk meal containers. Here’s a great cheat sheet: