Prepping your meals in advance is a great way to ensure that you stay on track for the week.
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When most people think of meal prep they think about spending a Sunday afternoon in the kitchen, completing all meals in one day.
But is this really the only way?
Let’s talk about different ways to complete meal prep and how to determine which way is right for you. But first, I want to talk about why prepping your meals in advance is beneficial.
Prepping meals in advance means that you will always have food in your fridge that is ready to eat, and is beneficial for two reasons:
1) prevents you from spending money and eating at fast food restaurants when you are pressed for time and need to eat.
2) Meal prep also takes the guessing out of what you will be having for dinner and creates less stress at the house! With a 2-year old toddler at home and a busy schedule, staying prepared is so beneficial to maintaining ahealthy lifestyle.
Remember the saying, “if you fail to plan, you plan to fail!”
Now let’s take a look at the different ways you can make meal prep work for you as well as the pros and cons of each one!
1. The Traditional Once a Week Meal Prep
This is the Sunday, or really any day of meal prep. It usually consists of grocery shopping, looking up recipes, chopping up vegetables and fruit and cooking all of the food.
1. Everything is completely prepped for the entire week leading to less stress about what you will be eating.
1. Meals may not taste as good when you get to the end of the week.
2. This may take up a lot of time and prevent you from doing other things that you would like to do.
2. Prepping Meals Twice a Week
Set aside time on two different days during the week. I prefer this method and like to prep my food on Sundays and Wednesdays.
1. Food is less likely to go bad when you are prepping twice a week.
2. Meal Prep may take less time each day than the traditional once a week prepping, as you are dividing it into two days.
1. Might require an additional trip to the grocery store depending on the quality of your food at the time of prepping. 2. You will need to set aside two afternoons to prep food.
3. Morning Meal Prep
This means prepping food each morning before you start your day.
1. This means that your food will be fresh each and every day.
2. By doing this every morning you are setting a healthy tone for the day
1. You may have to get up earlier to accommodate for extra cooking time.
No matter which way you decide to prep food in your home, remember there is not just one right way to do it. Depending on your lifestyle, you have to choose what works best for you. Staying prepared is one of the best things you can do to be healthy, and being prepared in the kitchen will make your life a lot simplier.
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