Meal Prepping 101
Meal prepping 101. How tough could it be right? Plan out some meals, take them to work with you and you're good to go! For some people it doesn't seem to be that easy. It isn't so much prepping the actual meals but figuring out what to plan in advance that will stay good for the entire week. You want it to be filled with nutrients and something that of course tastes great! You don't have to spend hours in cooking in the kitchen to set yourself up for the week.
If you are like me, I eat my breakfast and lunch at work since I'm not much of a morning person. Because of that, I prep both meals and a snack to bring with me. I pretty much prep the same few things each week, or make a lot of one dish and divide it up for five days.
Breakfast meal prep. Prepping breakfast ahead of time isn't as bad as it seems. My favorite go to is a big breakfast quiche I'll make Sunday night. I load it up with vegetables, whole eggs and egg whites, along with a meat protein like turkey. Bake it and divide it up into 5 dishes and you're set for the whole week! Another great alternative is overnight oats, which consists of yogurt, berries, nuts, seeds, granola and anything else you want to throw in.
Lunch meal prep. Lunch you can get a bit more fancy with the amount of selections. If I cook a protein like chicken (I don't usually meal prep fish) I'll make it two different ways so I can change it up through the week. My go to's are usually an Asian style and Mexican style seasonings.
When it comes to vegetables or salad prepping I try to keep everything fresh. Unless I am prepping broccoli or asparagus, I typically eat my vegetables raw. If you're prepping a salad make sure to keep the dressing on the side, and put all ingredients in first followed by the lettuce so it doesn't get soggy! Ew!!
In prepping the perfect meal- try to keep it well rounded. The best meal prepped dishes are the ones with sections for different parts of your meal. Plus I'm one of those weirdos who hate when my foods touch, so even better! Make sure to have your protein with a vegetable, healthy carb and a healthy fat to round it off.
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