I truly believe meal prepping is an awesome tool for people who are looking to start a healthy lifestyle but are short on time, or often find themselves falling into the temptations of take out shops. If you are new to meal prep you can find an earlier blog I wrote about how to meal prep here. If you have already started adding meal prep into your weekly schedule, but find yourself struggling to stick to it - I have shared a few extra tips that may help you. Remember, meal prep is all about what works for YOU, your family and your lifestyle, so try to stick to a routine that is maintainable in the long run.
My top 3 meal prep tips are:
1. Prepare Your Own Spice Mixes
One of the most common things people tend to prep is their protein, as this often is the most time consuming to cook. However I understand how the standard salt and pepper can only go so far if you have eating chicken breast for lunch most days or a piece of salmon for dinner most nights. The trick to eating healthy is to add FLAVOUR and this can be so easily done with just a few spices! Instead of being caught out last minute with trying to think up flavour combinations, you can make your own spice mixes to help make your meal prep easy.
Think of putting things like garlic powder, oregano, rosemary and salt and pepper together for a delicious chicken spice or smoked paprika, cumin, and garlic powder for a fish spice. Get creative in the kitchen when you DO have the time, so that when it comes to meal prepping and cooking your food you have all the tools you need to make it delicious. I like to store these spices in glass jars you can find at the dollar shop.
2. Make Use of Your Freezer
This tip won’t work for all things, but it can be really useful in instances where you are super time poor. For example a smoothie is a ‘quick’ thing to make as it can be blended in a few seconds, however sometimes it’s the chopping that takes all the time. It is super easy to ‘prep’ your smoothies ahead of time by portioning out the ingredients such as the fruit & veggies, chopping them and sticking them in a freezer friendly bag. All you have to do when you wake up is tip the pre chopped ingredients into your blender with your liquid of choice and you are good to go!
This also works great for things like stir frys. If you like adding your own combo of veggies to your stir frys, pre make these. Chop up any veggies you like and portion them out in freezer friendly bags so they are always on hand when you need to whip something up quickly. I like to have these in my freezer regardless of if they are in my meal plan for the week or not, because you never know when you are going to get caught out and be running late or super tired after a long day.
3. Don’t Do It All On One Night
I have found for a lot of people (especially those with little ones) it can be hard to find a few hours in one block of time to prep all their food. This is totally understandable especially if you’re aiming to prep an entire week’s worth of meals. My tip would be to take the pressure off and set aside 2-3 nights a week to prep. This way you don’t need to take out as much time in your day, and you are still being organised. I also like doing prep a few times a week for things like fruit and veggies which tend to spoil quicker if left in the fridge all week.
So many people are daunted by the idea that meal prep has to be a set routine, once a week and it has to look a certain way - so they are put off by it. If you are just starting out, or are struggling to keep up with it then my biggest tip would be to cut it down to make it more manageable. Remember girls, even a little effort goes a long way!
I hope these tips have helped, if you have any others you would like to share please leave a comment below :)
Love, Kayla xx