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5 Tips for Efficient Meal Prepping

5 Tips for Efficient Meal Prepping

Meal prepping is an incredibly helpful practice that will inevitably save you time, money and calories. It can be a challenge, however, to figure out out to efficiently meal prep so that you aren’t wasting hours of your weekend in preparation for your week. If you want a few actual healthy food combo ideas, check out my other blog post¬†with some meal prep ideas.

Some of the Artful Fun I have Meal Prepping

How to Meal Prep
How to Meal Prep

Tips and Tricks

I have been meal prepping for so many years now that I have developed a few helpful tips that I wanted to share.

  1. Spend the money and make the effort and go buy 14 medium size to-go containers and 14 small to-go containers. These are very cheap! So, the cost should not stop you. In many of my pictures I have glass containers, which are more expensive, but the plastic containers work just fine as long as they are BPA-free which means they won’t leak and that they are microwave safe. Microwaving food is not a good idea anyway, but I understand sometimes we just do. However, there is nothing wrong with leaving your lunch and or dinner out for a few hours to warm it up (or eat it cold). This practice is better than microwaving, which will zap the nutrients right out of your food! But truly, that can be level two and nothing to worry too much about yet.
  2. Get a sharp knife and a knife sharpener. A sharp knife is essential to cutting up vegetables and fruits. It will save you time, great annoyances from the inefficiencies of small knifes and, when you learn how to use it properly, it will save your fingers!
  3. Learn how to use a sharp knife! This is not too hard. There are many tips and tricks to make this easy and it’s a great skill to acquire. There are a load of videos and articles online to get you started. I have my own video coming soon.
  4. Buy frozen veggies and canned beans (again, BPA-free cans) and pre-washed greens. I know, this is looked down upon by some. I don’t know about you, but I am busy! I simply do not want to take the time to slice and dice and wash ever single thing that I buy. Frozen food and canned food is PERFECTLY acceptable and healthy! The main items I buy pre-packaged and pre-washed are as follows:
    1. Pre-washed:
      • Spinach
    2. Pre-cut:
      • Onions
      • Garlic
      • Buy cherry tomatoes, while they are not pre-cut, they are small and so you don’t have to cut them!
    3. Frozen
      • Broccoli
      • Spinach
      • Cauliflower
      • Carrots
      • Edamame
      • Blueberries
      • Strawberries
      • Raspberries
    4. Canned
      • Beans
      • Corn
      • Tomatoes
  5. Proteins and grains will last for awhile in the fridge, so go ahead and make a huge pot. Measuring these dry can be time-consuming, so, I simply make a large amount, then only measure and/or portion out as I fill up my to-go containers. Grains and proteins can last for several days in the fridge and most can also be frozen if you do not use them right away. These include:
    1. Grains:
      • Brown rice
      • Lentils
      • Barley
      • Whole Grain Pasta
      • and many more!
    2. Proteins:
      • Tofu
      • Tempeh
      • Beans
        • Gabanzo
        • Pinto
        • Navy
        • and many more!

Doing these 5 things will save you a lot of time and money over the course of your life! It will also save your health as you will be less likely to overeat, less likely to grab for unneeded and unwanted extra calories or food that is unhealthy.

Please reach out or comment if you have any questions!

 

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