I’ve already given you tips and tricks on how to meal prep, you can read that post here, but today I want to talk more in depth on how to truly kick ass at meal prepping.
When I first started meal prepping, it was a lot to take in. There are so many different ways to meal prep! Some take more time then they are worth. There are a million things on Pinterest and Youtube. If you are interested in my research, I have a board with a friend of mine that we have saved ideas to. You can check it out here if you want. The bottom line is that it can be overwhelming. The trick is to not let it get you down.
A kick ass tip is to get creative with your storage. First, invest in Tupperware with a friend. Don’t get too attached, the idea here is to share your Tupperware and forget who it actually belongs to. You can buy cheap, or even invest in actual meal prep containers. Here are some affiliate links to some cheap ones on Amazon, just click on the pictures.
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These Rubbermaid ones are very similar to the kind I share with my meal prep buddy. They might last longer, but are slightly more expensive.
Expanding on the whole “get creative” thing, use your imagination. For example, Mason jars are a big thing now days. It all started with someone getting creative and using their imagination. I like to use Ziplock bags for things that need to be frozen or my favorite are the snack size for portion controlled snacks.
Another kick ass tip is to add variety. A lot of meal preppers make the same meal and eat the same thing 5 times in a row. BORING! That is the number one reason why you grab a friend, spouse, sibling, whoever. You can make twice as much food, and separate it between the two of you. Even better, you can get a whole group involved. Everyone makes a meal to split up and share with the others.
My last tip for today is to start small, very small! Pick one meal to prep, take it on one week at a time. I picked lunch. It’s hard for me to remember to eat, let alone eat healthy, at work. I always end up starving and running through the fast food line, wasting both my money and calories. I started meal prepping lunch for 5 days. Once I felt like I had that down, I branched into snacks. Now I pack a full day of food for work, including a snack before and after lunch. For a minute, I even had breakfast prepped and ready to grab-n-go out the door.
Meal prepping takes time. It can save you minutes elsewhere, but initially, you’ve got to start somewhere. I will be posting some of our lunch and snack ideas later on, but for now send me your suggestions and questions! I love communicating with you guys. If you are currently meal prepping, comment letting me know your level of prep craziness! Love ya’ll!