“I don’t know what to cook”
“How often must I make food?”
“I don’t have time.”
These are the common issues I hear from clients that are preventing them from changing your eating habits. Learning to prepare meals is easy and can make all the difference when it comes to your health. It all comes down to choosing simple recipes, doing the food shop ahead of time and making enough food to last you all week.
For many people, their weight loss journey starts when they stop snacking on junk food and going for more convenient ready made meals. Start eating freshly prepped meals instead. The key is to make your meals as simple and easily accessible as possible.
Here are five quick and easy steps for meal planning:
#1 Invest in high quality food containers – The good ones will last a lifetime. Food containers are your new best friend! They are easy to use, grab from the fridge and go, and also reusable. Make sure you get containers that are microwave safe.
#2 Choose recipes ahead of time. Planning for your meals is simple, just break it down into categories. First pick your favourite, healthy foods and make them your daily staples. Make sure you get a mix of:
- Lean protein
- Complex carbs
- Healthy fats
#3 Pick a day of week to do your food shop. Usually this is best done on Sunday before the work week so you have everything ready to be prepared for the following week, but find which day works best for you. Simply spend 15 minutes writing down a list of what you need before you go to the shop, this will help you stick to what you need so you won’t forget anything.
#4 Prep meals for the week. Then, refrigerate or freeze the food in separate containers. Make sure you have 3 meals a day, as well as healthy snacks, to keep your metabolism burning. If you like to be super organised too, label your meals so you can keep track of what you’ve ate each day.
#5 Repeat weekly! This will soon become routine and you won’t even have to think before doing it.
Preparing your meals in advance not only saves you time, but also money that you would have otherwise spent eating out. That leaves more money for the other things you really want.
Most of all, remember to enjoy meal prep. Cooking can be fun and your week will go much smoother when you don’t have to worry about what your next meal will be.
– Aaron McC
Evolve Health & Performance