When trying to eat clean, food prepping is one of my best tips. I always say "Failing to prepare is preparing to fail" and this is so true! When your food is ready to go, its hard to say no. Hence, why we jump quickly at the thought of fast food. Just take your tupperware out of the fridge, heat, and boom! Instant healthy meal! It just makes life so much easier!
The best prepped meal, to me, has always been the ever boring chicken breasts, broccoli, and brown rice. Why? It works! However, thanks to some fancy seasonings out there, I am not so bored with the meals anymore.
Here are some things to do before you start meal prepping:
My meal prep days are usually Sundays because of the amount of down time I have to complete it. Set aside at least 2 hours-or more, especially if you are a slow cooker or are new to cooking in large batches. Plan out your meals-a protein, a starch, and a veggie-however you want to do it! Once it's out of the way, you don't have to worry about it until next week!
Make a list.
Write down everything you will need to meal prep for the week. Choose clean, healthy, and nutritious foods. Make a grocery list so you don't miss anything.
Once you have your list made, you can go to the store and get what you need. Stick to the plan, stick to your list. Do not give in to the Cheetos when they scream at you. Better yet, don’t even go down those tempting aisles! Stay far, fary away. DO NOT GO SHOPPING HUNGRY! This is a big no no and will make you want to impulse buy. Make sure you eat a meal before hand to make it easier to stick to the plan
Prep & cook.
Once home, you can begin right away or on your designated meal prepping day. Prep and cook your meals and place them in their containers or freeze them, if you wish. I usually make lunch and dinner for Monday-Friday, since those are the meals and days in which I know I need a ready to go meal.
Here's an example of my meal prep:
5 Lunches : 1/2 cup brown rice, 1 cup broccoli, 4oz grilled chicken
5 Dinners: Turkey burger patty, 1 cup string beans, 1 sweet potato
Be creative! It doesn't have to be boring. Switch it up every week! And don't be afraid to had your own seasonings and spices to give it that extra kick!