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!
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. 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. 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.
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:
- Breakfast: A healthy muffin with a side of fruit.
- Morning snack: 2 hardboiled eggs and a handful of nuts.
- Lunch: Tomato & caper linguine.
- Afternoon snack: Sliced bell peppers (or celery) with hummus
- Dinner: Chicken breast with shaved brussels sprouts
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.
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.