Meal Preparation – Failing to plan is planning yo fail!
When it comes to healthy eating meal preparation becomes your best friend as it can help you avoid reaching for junk or convenience foods!
Meal preparation is any sort of food preparation that can be done in advance. It can be anything from chopping & slicing, grouping food together or cooking entire meals.
If meal preparation is a new concept to you. Try and see which areas need meal prep the most for example if you know you are not eating lunch and alway buying a take away , then focus on preparing a lunch box.
What do I need to get started?
1. Good Quality containers
Invest in good quality airtight containers to store your food. Good idea is to buy containers the same size so that they stack easily in the fridge especially if you are going to prepare a few meals in advance.
2. Plan your meals
Plan your meals for the week. So you know exaclty what you are going to eat when.
3. Shopping List
Next step is writing your shopping list after knowing what meals your are going to prepare. A shopping list allows you to buy exactly what you need and not buying things that can cause temptation
4. Get started, Get preparing.
Now that you have all your ingredients & containers, it is time to start preparing. Salads, fruit and some vegetables are best eaten fresh, so rather than chopping them up, group them together & chop them the morning you need them.
Remember food safety. Some foods should not be kept in the fridge for more than a couple of days once cooked. I would recommend to only prepare a few days in advance to avoid food-borne illnesses.
5. Store your prepared food correctly.
It is important that you store your prepared food correctly to avoid food poisoning. All prepared meals should be stored in the fridge and once you remove them from the fridge it should be consumed as soon as possible. You can also freeze some of your foods that you won’t eat in a couple of days.
6. ENJOY ALL YOUR HARD WORK!!!