Meal Prepping Tips For Beginners

Over the course of the last few months, I’ve done a lot of posts for beginners whether it was for shopping at the grocery store, exercises, the best or worst of something, or just some general advice tips. The one thing I realized that I haven’t talked about is Meal Prepping Tips For Beginners. If you are interested in learning about some other beginner tips, tricks, and how your thinking affects your health all the cool links will be provided below.

Ebook Survey Link: In yesterday’s post, I gave a link to a survey. That survey is about an Ebook that I am currently working on and in that survey, I ask what you would like to see from me in the Ebook and I ask if you wanted to be apart of the process for the Ebook. The Ebook Is obviously going to be health, fitness, and nutrition related. If you would be so kind and take less than 30 seconds to fill out the survey so I know exactly how to proceed with the Ebook I would be forever grateful you can Click Here to fill it out… Thank You!


Intro

Meal prepping shouldn’t be stressful. I get it. You go on Instagram you see all of these “fit” people posting how simple and easy meal prepping is and that if they can do it so can you. What they don’t tell you is that meal prepping as a beginner takes time to learn because everybody taste buds change sometimes daily and what you made Sunday for the week you might not want it come Wednesday.

There’s no need to stress about drinking matcha daily if you haven’t mastered the technique of eating and cooking simple. Other than one-pot wonders, the next step to easy eating is meal planning or batch cooking. You may have heard of the trend “meal-prep Sunday.” Nowadays everyone — no matter what “Diet” they’re trying — seems to be doing it. The question is: To make your “Diet” work, do you really need to meal prep?

Only you can answer that

But if you want to save yourself hours a week from cooking and running to the grocery store to pick up those last-minute items you forgot, dining out, or skipping meals (to eat only snacks on the go we’ve all been there), then the answer is yes. Setting up a system for meal planning may be the solution you need to stay on track. If you want to learn some tips and tricks about meal prepping then keep on reading.


 Have A Set Of Simple Go-To Recipes

 

This one is pretty simple. By having a set of go-to recipes that you love can make meal planning much easier, especially on the weeks you’re feeling uninspired. The key is to not let the process exhaust you, otherwise it’ll be too easy to fall off the bandwagon!


Make A Grocery List Fun Not A Chore

This may seem like a no-brainer, but it’s important to prioritize your trip to the store or farmers market before you even begin meal prepping. This begins with making a grocery shopping list at home. Take stock of what foods and ingredients you already have at home so you don’t waste time and money finding them at the store.

Then, think about what dishes you’d like to eat and if you can mix, match, and maximize the ingredients. For example, meals with quinoa are a great choice: You can make a big batch of quinoa and create meal spin-offs for breakfast (cold cereal), lunch, and dinner!

Lastly, make sure you have enough food containers to store your meals separately. Use glass bento boxes to organize your lunches and dinners. Mason jars are great for storing salad dressings, hummus, pesto, and other sauces or marinades.


Multitask Your Cooking And Meal Prepping

I’m all for being efficient with my time, and that carries over into cooking as well. (Saving time is a fundamental component. Not every meal has to be done one at a time — use your time wisely! Cook separate ingredients on the stovetop. While those ingredients are boiling or steaming away, chop, toss, and bake veggies, sweet potatoes, granola, and other goodies in the oven. Get all your ingredients ready on the kitchen counter. As your stove and oven is firing away, blend up a storm of hummus, homemade almond milk, or salad dressings.

With that said, sometimes people start meal prepping by doing too many dishes at once, which can be overwhelming and stressful. Until you know the recipe instructions by heart, start slow with one dish for the week. Be selective about the ingredients you want to prep, too. You also don’t need to prepare all the components of a dish at once. Some base ingredients, like rice, quinoa, and pasta, can be batch-made, while fresher ingredients can be cooked later in the week. Or you can save ingredients separately. Not choosing to cook everything at once (so you can build your meal later) could ultimately save you more time.


Full Fridge

I understand that going grocery shopping can get expensive when you are starting a new “Diet” plan and you don’t have the food to go with it.  you don’t need to meal prep every single dish for the week ahead — just pick one meal you find the most challenging. For example, if it’s difficult to get up early every morning to prepare breakfast, use your time to put together a week’s worth of overnight oats or bake up a batch of whole-grain muffins. Find it hard to make time for lunch? Toss your greens and veggies into individual containers, and prepare some homemade salad dressing that you can drizzle on top when it’s time to eat.

The key is to start small and then work your way to having a fridge full of meal components already prepped so you can get creative on the spot.



Assemble your meals later, rather than all at once

Preparing ingredients to assemble meals during the week takes the most time, so I recommend setting aside a couple hours one day a week (usually Sunday) that works for you to prep and cook meal components, such as quinoa, hard-boiled eggs, and greens for salads, to assemble later on. There’s no freezing required since you’ll be eating your meals throughout the week.


Meal prep can take less than 3 hours

Think of meal planning as a key to saving you time and energy to put elsewhere. I still enjoy cooking, just as you might, but I don’t enjoy devoting so much time to one activity every day. This additional time is probably really the best benefit of meal planning, especially when there are so many other things in life I’d like to give attention to — exercise, chilling out, reading books, and hanging out with friends and family or watching tv.


Final Thoughts

When it comes to “Diet” and nutrition it shouldn’t be stressful. That is why there are people like me that do all the stressful work and research to bring you the information you require without you getting overwhelmed. I left links below for different beginner areas (nutrition, health, and exercise).

At the beginning of today’s post, I left the link to a survey. The survey is about the Ebook I am currently writing and I am curious to know if you (my friends/followers) would like to be a part of it.

Also, like always if you ever have any questions please don’t hesitate in reaching out and I will be more than happy to answer any questions you may have. You can reach me at any of the links provided at the bottom.


Beginner Post Links: 

Diet Myths Solved

Natural Sweeteners

Carb Myths

“Dieter’s” Mindset

Working Out For Beginners

Clean Eating For Beginners

Keto For Beginners

Shop The Perimeter

Plyo Workout For Beginners


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