Meal prepping is a great way to reconnect with your body and improve your relationship with food. It will save you time, help you achieve your nutrition goals, and boost your overall health. From a personal experience, I am happy to share with you 4 tips on how to better meal prep and get the most out of this experience.
Choose food that lasts
If you decide to meal prep, it is important to make smart food decisions given the fact that some food options go bad faster than others. When going grocery shopping, keep in mind to choose food that will last up to a week. When it comes to fresh produce, potatoes, carrots, cabbage, onion, and apples are my staples. Greens like spinach or kale are best to be implemented in meals in a cooked form. Rice, oats, eggs, and yogurt can go a long way as well.
Avoid prepping salads as if not consumed within a day or two, they will go soggy and can be quite unpleasant to eat. Instead, prep all the ingredients and the dressing a day before (washing and chopping), and the next day you only need to assort your salad.
Go for a good container
Containers can save you a ton of space and keep your food fresh longer. You don’t need any expensive or fancy containers, but the ones I would recommend are airtight containers. Mason jars and glass containers are as well a great option since glass absorbs fewer germs and traps the smell of the food.
Combine foods of all nutrients for optimum nutrition
Since you are already putting the time and effort into meal prepping, you should also consider combining different food groups in your meals so that you can get all the nutrients you need. Carbs, protein, and fats play a massive role in your diet. Thus, it is crucial to consume the recommended amount of each of these nutrients.
You don’t necessarily need to combine all three of them in one single meal but distribute them in your other daily meals as well. This is one of the many advantages meal prepping offers you. It makes you aware of what you put into your body and encourages you to reach optimum nutrition.
Plan your cooking time
It’s important to plan your cooking time as we all have busy schedules and can’t afford to waste time in the kitchen more than necessary. For most of us, the perfect time would be the weekend. However, cooking everything in a day may not be the greatest idea. Not only you will be stuck cooking all day long, but the food, although cooked, can also go bad fast.
It is more than likely that if you prepare seven meals in one day until you arrive on day seven, the food will be inedible. So that you don’t unnecessarily waste food, don’t prepare everything at once. Cook at least twice a week. In that way, you can divide your cooking time and your meals will taste fresher.