How to Get Started Meal Prepping
Now that we’ve gone over some of the reasons you should start meal prepping, let’s talk about how to get started. Here are a few tips:
1) Choose your meals in advance. Part of why people dread meal prepping is that they don’t know what they’ll make ahead of time. To make things easier on yourself, choose your meals for the week in advance. This way, when it comes time to start cooking, you’ll know exactly what ingredients you need to buy and won’t waste any time debating what to make.
2) Make a grocery list. Once you know what meals you’ll make, make a list of all the ingredients you’ll need so that you don’t forget anything at the store. It’s also helpful to group similar items on your list so that you can easily find them when shopping.
3) Prep your ingredients ahead of time. One of the most time-consuming parts of cooking is prep work, like chopping vegetables or marinating proteins. To save time, prep your ingredients by chopping vegetables or portioning items on the weekends. Then when it’s time to cook during the week, all you’ll have to do is throw everything in a pan and heat it.
Meal prepping doesn’t have to be complicated or time-consuming. With some planning and prep work, anyone can become a master meal prepper.
Whether you’re pre-cooking all of your meals for the week ahead or just pre-portioning things and pre-cooking some of your meals, you’ll save a tremendous amount of time while freeing up a lot of mental space.