As we all know, the fitness industry is constantly changing.
One year, one tactic has taken over the publications, while the next everyone has switched to a different approach.
Well, one which looks to have survived the test of time is meal prep. It sounds utterly simple, but umpteen people around the world really are yielding some fantastic results.
Bearing this in mind, let’s now take a look at some of the best tips you can implement if you are starting with your meal prep journey.
You need the right kitchen tools
When we talk about kitchen tools, we’re referring to a fridge, freezer and microwave. All of these are crucial in your battle to prep meals accordingly and if there are any faults, make sure they are fixed as a matter of urgency. For example, if you are looking at regassing a fridge, make sure this is done before your meal prep journey commences. What about a broken freezer? The same rules apply.
While a lot of emphasis is placed on the actual process of prepping meals, don’t forget about storing them. A fridge and freezer play a big part in this, while the microwave obviously comes into play when you defrost and re-heat the food.
Don’t forget breakfast
As the old saying goes, breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Furthermore, studies over the last few years have shown that many of us decide to skip this, with the result then being that we turn to all of the wrong foods later in the day. What happens next? Our weight balloons.
As such, make sure that breakfast is worked into your meal prep plans. Don’t fall into the common trap of just prepping for lunch and dinner – breakfast is just as important and can make the difference.
You don’t have to prep everything
At times, meal prep can be tedious. After all, it does involve hours in the kitchen (although just condensed into one day, rather than every day).
However, something that you should be aware of is that you don’t have to prep absolutely every ingredient. In other words, don’t be afraid to buy frozen foods, or tinned ones, in some cases.
Of course, you need to check if they are correct nutritionally, but this can save you time and not impact your health in the process.
Keep on top of your containers
Sometimes, it’s the simple things that can let you down when it comes to meal prep. Your containers definitely fall into this category and believe it or not, it can be easy to run out of them.
When you prep food for a week, you need a minimum of ten – and that’s just for one person. Then, if you want to prep your snacks as food, this figure can double or triple fairly quickly. Don’t halt your prep just because you don’t have the equipment to do it properly.