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Here’s my thoughts on meal prepping….it’s a MUST you guys! If you want to succeed at all times with putting the proper nutrition into your body then this is the first step! Here is EXACTLY what I do each week.
1) Clean out your fridge! There is nothing worse than opening your fridge and having a mixture of old and new foods…so get rid of the old. Make sure you wipe the shelves clean with a damp cloth as well. This will make your fridge look so much more inviting when you open it.
2) Make a list. Make a plan as to what you are going to be making for the next 4-5 days. Choose 1-3 meals for breakfast, snack ideas and 2-4 ideas for lunch and dinner. By coming up with this many food choices you can only purchase what you will need and on day 6 & 7 you can use up whatever leftovers you have. Not only will this save you time cooking but it will also SAVE YOU MONEY!
3) Get shopping. Take your list to the store and STICK TO IT! Don’t purchase things that are not on your list. When shopping, make sure you stick to the parameter of the store to guarantee you are getting whole foods filled with nutrients and vitamins.
4) Wash. When you come home, wash, cut and store your clean veggies and fruit in proper serving baggies. This will help for those times when you are packing snacks/meals or in a hurry. You can grab and go in a flash. You can also do this for pantry items. If you buy a bag of pretzels or some other snacks then portion them out. You can purchase a nice looking bin at Wal-Mart or Target and use it for all snacks. Portion out the snacks into snack bags, toss in the snack box and when you are packing, it’s already done! This will also help the kiddos learn portion control 🙂
5) Cook ahead. Look at your menu for the week and see what you can make ahead….especially for breakfast and lunches. I normally make 3-4 chicken breast every Sunday and use throughout the week for salads, wraps or as the main dish. I also find having a bowl of hard boil eggs in the fridge is helpful. Again, every Sunday I make a dozen of hard boil eggs and normally have one along with turkey crumbles (also made ahead of time) for my mid morning snack.
6) Plate it up. Line your countertops with containers and make your meals for the week. When you are packing lunches or it’s time for dinner, this will save so much time!
7) Organize your fridge. Place all veggies, fruits and protein at eye level. DO NOT put your veggies and fruits in the crisper! Instead if you have unhealthy options such as pudding snacks, beer, soda etc put these items in the crisper. Out of sight, out of mind….right?!
Follow these tips and I promise, you won’t have to dine out, won’t have to stop at a vending machine because you will always be prepared!! You will achieve your goals with planning and prepping…I promise!