Meal Prepping Made Easy

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We’ve all been there – we plan to put together a meal filled with healthy and nutritious ingredients, but something comes up or we don’t have the energy for cooking and cleaning! Instead of standing at an open fridge with nothing but yogurt and salsa and the local pizza place on speed dial, set up time at the beginning of the week to meal prep to ensure you’re eating healthy and delicious meals!

Meal prepping is a simple way to have your next meal ready by planning it out and preparing it beforehand.

For those of you looking to dabble in meal prep, here are some simple steps to get started.

Create a meal plan and grocery list.

The first step to successful meal prep is planning what you’re going to eat. This doesn’t have to be a timely task; it can take under an hour to make a schedule of your meals for the week ahead. Break down the day into the meals you are going to create and healthy snacks to munch on. Include whole grains, leafy greens, healthy fats, filling fiber and protein, and plenty of delicious spices.

Choose a day dedicated to prepping.

Find a day when you have the time to make food for the week. Block out a few hours to prepare and cook your food for the week ahead – and remember to leave time to clean up.

Shop.

Buy all the items on your list. This should include everything you’ll need for the week, from oats to meats to vegetables and everything in between.

Prepare.

Now that everything is set, it’s time to get cooking! Create everything you’ve planned for and separate it into satisfying portions.

Roberta Rose-Collins