The Key To Successful Meal Prep
Written by: Kavata Kithome
My dislike for meal prep is no secret. A profound laziness grips me every time I think about meal prep. If you are like me, you have a busy life and the moment you have a break or a day off, you want to do just that: take the break and the day off.
Because I know how important meal prep is, I had to find ways that would make the task less daunting.
There are so many techniques and suggestions out there; some of these are even tips I developed on my own, so today I will provide some meal planning ideas that have helped me find the task of meal prepping less overwhelming.
1. 10, 20 Or 30 Minute Planning Session
If you are a Fitlife client, this tip may come in handy during the second and third month of your transformation. This allows you to chunk your planning out, bring about decisiveness and target on what you are doing. You may even set a timer to help you stay on track.
2. Keep Track Of Meals That Work
As my amazing coach Paula says, we all have about 10 go-to meals that just work. Keeping notes on recipes keeps you from having to reinvent the wheel every week. By putting these recipes in your rotation, it allows you to stay on track and offers variety as well.
3. Plan A Few Meals Around What’s In The Fridge
Admittedly I am still working on mastering this one. I can honestly say that when I let food go bad, I feel so bad. Food waste is a big source of guilt for me and a waste of money. When planning, begin by looking at what is in the fridge. This will help keep you from finding four-year-old freezer-burned meat or who-knows-how-old cans of beans buried way in the back.
4. Cook Once, Eat Twice
My mother has always done this; she always cooked enough so that we could have both dinner and lunch the next day. While meal planning, double up the side dishes, veggies and proteins so that they can be served twice as 2 whole meals.
When considering what type of containers to use, go for glass whenever possible. Your food will keep its taste, your container will not get stained and food will keep longer.
By doing one or all of these tips, you can reduce the stress of meal prepping when you finally get to it. Most importantly and a great bonus for me is that it cuts down the time spent in the kitchen, as you are going in with a clear idea and intention of what you will be doing.
Do you have any hacks for meal prepping? Do you currently use any of these hacks and how well are they working for you? Share in the comments below.
Kavata Kithome is an advocate for living your best life, full of health and longevity. While working closely with gym owners and personal trainers, she was able to sculpt a well-rounded view of fitness and understands how to incorporate it with a healthy balanced diet. She is a regular contributor to the One More Step Lifestyle brand.
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