Meal prep was once a habit of health food enthusiasts and people obsessed with the gym but has now become popular among the general population. It is becoming a movement on social media called #tuplife. And people are getting increasingly serious about it!

The advantages of meal prep go beyond praticality. Image Source: Prevention.com
The advantages of meal prep go beyond praticality. Image Source: Prevention.com

In fact, the habit of preparing your week’s meals on a Sunday night has numerous advantages that go beyond practicality: It’s a great way to keep track of what you’re eating and it’s a great jump start for a healthy week.

Also, it’s less likely that you will cheat on your diet and give in to those moments of temptation. Another gain from meal preparation is that it saves you money, for obvious reasons, and on the same hand you will avoid wasting food. As if it weren’t enough, on top of all that it’s going to save you time and help you achieve your fitness goals!

Now that you’re more aware of the benefits of meal prep, it’s time to get inspired and learn a little bit about how you can plan healthy and tantalizing meals.

Make a List of Dishes

Keeping healthy doesn’t mean that your meals can’t be tasty. Image Source: BBC Good Food
Keeping healthy doesn’t mean that your meals can’t be tasty. Image Source: BBC Good Food

Keeping healthy doesn’t mean that your meals can’t be tasty. There are plenty of resources on the internet for healthy dishes. You can find a lot of inspiration on Instagram, on Pinterest, and delightful recipes here. Pick your favorite dishes and make a calendar!

Think About Storage

Containers are essential if you have in mind that you will be preparing at least ten meals each week
Containers are essential if you have in mind that you will be preparing at least ten meals each week. Image Source: Shop World Kitchen

 

Containers are essential if you have in mind that you will be preparing at least ten meals each week. Snapware has a great selection of containers that are safe to store and are safe to use in the fridge, microwave, freezer, and dishwasher.

Another option is using mason jars to make salads.

The Food!

It’s important to realize that balancing your healthy diet is more important that eating less food. Image Source: Eat Yourself Skinny
It’s important to realize that balancing your healthy diet is more important that eating less food. Image Source: Eat Yourself Skinny

It’s important to realize that balancing your healthy diet is more important that eating less food. It’s important to eat a lot of protein, fiber (essential for digestion), and healthy carbs to boost the metabolism. You can try the clean turkey chili, the Asian chicken salad that has a ton of vegetables, or this incredibly healthy lemon chicken with thyme.

In order for you to understand how a healthy eating day goes, here’s a suggestion:

It’s important to eat a lot of protein, fiber (essential for digestion), and healthy carbs to boost the metabolism.Image Source: Daily Burn
It’s important to eat a lot of protein, fiber (essential for digestion), and healthy carbs to boost the metabolism.Image Source: Daily Burn 
Chicken breast with shaved Brussels sprouts. Image Source: Health.com
Chicken breast with shaved Brussels sprouts. Image Source: Health.com

Of course in all meals you must avoid soft drinks and other sugary ones. Here are 10 drinks that will make you healthy and happy this year.

In order to save time and avoid waste, make big batches of roasted potatoes and greens (broccoli, asparagus, green beans). You can make a big salad to last a week and cook small pieces of chicken, fish, and turkey and simply add sauce when you’re ready to eat it.

Spicy chicken sweet potato meal. Image Source: Pinch of Yum
Spicy chicken sweet potato meal. Image Source: Pinch of Yum 

It’s also up to you if you want to prepare all meals in advance or choose one to cook each day, if you like to prepare dinner at every night, it shouldn’t be a problem.

What matters is that you start the new year with a positive healthy mindset that should reflect in all areas of your life. Eating healthy may trigger a positive domino effect that will help you make 2017 the best year ever.

How do you plan your meals? Are you considering joining the #tuplife movement? Share your thoughts with us through our Facebook page or in the comments below.

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