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Meal prepping is a very useful tool if executed properly. The purpose is to prepare whole meals and/or dishes ahead of time to save time especially for those that are very busy. By meal prepping, you can reduce your portion size and even help with reaching your nutrition goals. By using this strategy, it can help one avoid unhealthy options like TV dinners and takeout, especially when you’re overwhelmed or exhausted.

Most people have this misconception that they need to spend all day cooking on Sunday but there are actually other ways to meal prep. Check out a few that you can try.

Meal prep strategies

  • 1. Make-ahead meals
  • Cooking full meals in advanced which can be refrigerated and reheated at mealtime.

  • 2. Batch cooking
  • Making large batches of a specific recipe, then splitting it into individual serving sizes that can be both frozen and eaten throughout the month or in the refrigerator to last the week.

  • 3. Individual portioned meals
  • Prepare fresh meals or snacks that are individual grab-and-go to be refrigerated over the next few days.

  • 4. Ready to cook ingredients
  • Prepare ingredients like chopping vegetables and others that are going to be a part of a specific meal ahead of time to cut down the cooking time. 

When getting ready to meal prep, a great way to also cut time in the kitchen, stick with a consistent schedule by making and using a shopping list. Pick the right combination of meals and organize your cooking. Also keep in mind containers. By having containers that are airtight, BPA-free, freezer-safe, leak-proof and compartmentalized can help to be more convenient and help save the quality of your food. 

Step-by-step Guide

So, in order to have a successful meal prep, use this step-by-step guide to streamline your meal prepping process.
  1. Select your meal prep method of choice. 
  2. Stick to a schedule.
  3. Pick the right number of meals.
  4. Select the right recipes.
  5. Reduce the time you spend on grocery shopping.
  6. Spend less time in the kitchen.
  7. Store your meals.
Remember that meal prepping doesn’t have to be complex. Try some ways out and see what works best in your schedule and life. By meal prepping, you're promoting nutrient-rich health meals and discouraging less nutrient fast food options. 
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