Food: It’s Prep Time

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It’s no secret that I love my Sunday meal prep!  It really is the number one way I’m able to stay on track with my eating and it also just starts my week off with a healthy, fresh mind set.  Having all my meals planned out and my fridge deliciously stocked also makes me look really forward to my workouts for that week!  Remember if you “fail to plan, plan to fail!”

There are multiple benefits to meal prepping:

Less cheating!  Yep this is so true guys.  When I prep my meals every Sunday, I make a point to only purchase those items that are on my grocery list so this helps keep those little moments of weakness under control because guess what, if it’s not in my house, then I can’t eat it!

Saves you money.  At least this is true for us!  I don’t know about you, but before meal planning we tended to just wing it each night, either by running out to the store after work to make whatever we were in the mood for that night, ordering in or spending even more money on going out.  This is also true for our lunches!  We were spending SO much money each week on lunches and dinners alone!  Now we’re able to plan a week’s worth of breakfasts, lunches, dinners and even healthy snacks for all around $100 each week.  We don’t waste as much food now either!

HUGE time saver.  Not only does meal prepping help us stay on track with consistent healthy eating, but it also gives us more time in the evenings to work out, relax or really do whatever we want besides rushing home to cook! This is huge!

Helps meet your fitness goals.  I know I already said this, but this is really important.  When you plan out your meals ahead of time not only are you learning portion control, but fueling your body with wholesome nutritional food just makes you want to work out that much more!  It’s so true when they say that “abs are made in the kitchen” – your body requires healthy food for endurance, strength and even weight loss so it’s a no-brainer that consistent meal planning should coincide with your fitness routine.  I always plan out my workouts each week in the same notebook I write down all my meals with, this really helps me stay on track!

Gives a great variety!  Sometimes planning out meals each week can get a little monotonous since I tend to have a few go-to meals that I’m absolutely addicted to making, but one thing I have committed to doing is trying out at least 1 or 2 new recipes each week!  If we like the dish then we’ll add it into the rotation and if we don’t, well we just won’t make it again.  I mean hey, at least we tried something new!  My favorite way of doing this is by using my “Clean Eating” Pinterest board where I’m constantly adding delicious new recipes to try!

Maintaining a healthy lifestyle doesn’t have to be hard either, you just have to commit to it first in your mind and plan the rest out from there!  Start off by making a list of all of your favorite healthy dishes – Pinterest is a great place to go plan your dinners first.  Once you have your dinners planned out you can then decide which ones make great leftovers for lunches the next day so no food goes to waste and saves you time in the kitchen.

Food Storage

Purchase containers that will last. You want ease. They shoud be BPA free, microwave safe, dishwasher safe and cuteJ

Now on to the FOOD!

Make your grocery list, be sure to stick to your grocery list.

Pick a day and prep on that day every week. This makes it into a habit.

Cook all the food first then divide up into the containers.

Store in the fridge or freezer as needed.

Be sure you have a good cooler bag to store your food throughout the day.

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