The Magic of Meal Prepping for a Healthy Lifestyle: 6 Easy Tips
There are a lot of health tips out there aimed at helping you to lose weight, improve your performance, live a healthy lifestyle, etc. If your lifestyle tends to be fast-paced and you feel like you do not have the time to prepare healthy meals, one of the best tips that we can give you is to start meal prepping.
Before we give you our favourite meal prepping tips, there are a few benefits of making meal prepping part of your healthy lifestyle to take note of. Cooking and making meals in advance has a few benefits: it saves you time during the week, makes it easier to stick to your meal or healthy lifestyle, and can save you money.
Meal prepping is one of the best tips I can recommend for people who are lazy, but still want to follow a healthy lifestyle. There are few things as exciting as knowing you do not have to cook when you get home from work. Being able to sleep for fifteen extra minutes because you do not have to prepare your food for the day is a welcome benefit, especially if you are not a morning person.
If you have a tendency to overeat, meal prepping is maybe one of the best health tips to follow, as you can measure out your portions beforehand, and you will only have the right amount available to eat.
It gives you more control over what you eat, and if you want to eat a certain amount of calories or have a certain macronutrient ratio you want to follow, meal prepping can make it easier.
One of our favourite benefits that has made our lifestyle easier is the fact that meal prepping helps us keep the kitchen more organised and clean. We do not have to clean pots and pans every night. Only our plates, cutlery, and containers that the food was stored in. I guess you could add meal prepping to a list of marriage or cleaning tips.
Here are six meal prepping tips that will help you live a healthier lifestyle and make your life easier:
Plan things out. Knowing what a good day’s food looks like will help you be able to meal prep and structure your meals to help you achieve your health goals. If your aim is to just eat whole foods, you can just plan out meals that contain natural ingredients. If you want to eat two meals a day that each contain a portion of protein, two sources of fibre, and two sources of fat, as well as one healthy dessert as a separate snack, which is what I do, you can plan your meals and prepare them according to your desired formula. Find or design a healthy meal plan that you feel will suit your lifestyle, and then you can use meal prepping to help you follow it easily.
Find out what foods can you reheat and then they still taste good, as well as what will taste good cold. There are some foods that are not as enjoyable when they are cold, so if you are not able to heat up your food at work, you can make salads or prepare hard boiled eggs, portion out nuts, pack cheese, etc.
Use the same ingredients for multiple dishes. If you take a whole chicken and roast it, you can cut off the thighs, wings, and drumsticks, and divide those into meals. Then, if you shred the breasts, you can make chicken salad or add them to bone broth to make a soup or stew. You can use the leftover carcass to make bone broth. We often cook two or three chickens at a time, and make quite a few meals out of them. It also gives me enough bones to make bone broth, which is a cheap source of collagen-rich protein, and can be used as a basis for many meals.
Make a basic recipe that serves as a foundation that you can add anything to like bone broth, as mentioned above. You can also make a salad to add any protein to. Back when I used to eat grains and legumes and did not follow a low-carb diet, my mom and I would often make a big pot of brown rice an lentils, chop fresh vegetables into it to make a salad, and then just add a different source of protein to it every day.
Use a few cooking methods at once to optimise cooking time. You can have a roast chicken and roast sweet potatoes in the oven, and have a pot of mixed vegetables cooking on the stove next to a pot of mashed potatoes and another pot of beef bolognaise while you are busy chopping up fresh vegetables to make a salad. When the chicken is done in the oven, you put in a Shepard’s pie that you made while using half of the mince topped with mashed potato. In a few hours, you can make quite a few different meals, and enough food to last for quite a few days. You can freeze a lot of the food, and keep enough for three days in the fridge.
Listen to an audiobook or podcast or watch something while cooking. This is one of my favourite tips. Meal prepping can take hours, and putting something entertaining on in the background can make time go by quickly. One of my favourite things to do is listen to podcasts while cooking. I find it relaxing. I’ve also pretty much watched every episode of Family Guy while cooking. I think my parents associate the theme song with food, as I started doing it years ago when I still lived at home.
As you can see, taking a Sunday afternoon to prepare your meals for the next few days or even weeks can make following a healthy lifestyle a lot easier and give you more time to do other things. You can find more healthy lifestyle tips on the rest of our blog. We are sure that these tips are ones you will find especially helpful.