I can’t begin to tell you how many people ask me if meal prepping is a good idea? As hectic as life can be at times, I find multiple benefits to meal prepping. I am a mother of two young school-aged girls. As well as two very active huskies years, who need so much attention and physical activity! Like many of you trying to get them ready for school in the morning, get myself ready, feeding all four of them, walking two of them, and finding time to make my own breakfast, snacks and meals for the day is hard with everything that happens all within the matter of 60-90 minutes each morning. Trust me when I say, these babies are never fast, hardly efficient and I am constantly repeating myself; “Finish your breakfast. Get your shoes on! Where’s your jacket! Have you brushed your teeth?” Are all things I am constantly saying, I usually spend an hour hustling them about at the start of each day. That gives me about 10 minutes to pull myself together all while I am repeating myself. To answer that question, yes! Absolutely yes!
Meal prepping has saved me tons of time, in the morning, and gives me those extra minutes to put myself together for work and calmly help my children get ready for their day as well. Being a stay at home parent is just as hectic as being a working parent and for those of us who like to be well presented for our day, it’s important to have as much time as possible to start our day out right.
I generally spend about 60-90 minutes planning and prepping my meals for a 5-day week. I like to meal prep my breakfast, lunch, and snacks for the day. I choose not to meal prep my dinners because I really enjoy that time with my family. Breakfast, lunch, and snacks usually fall in my most chaotic times of the day. Some days, I don’t have much time to eat with clients so having those meals ready to go is especially worth it and keeps me on track with my fitness goals. Meal prepping has helped me save about 5 extra hours during the week preparing and cooking meals that I would have to be doing all individually if I hadn’t prepped. I’m not sure about you, but that means some days I would skip, breakfast, all the way through until about dinner time. Then because I am so hungry from not having any food all day I usually would binge on dinner and that keeps my body thinking it needs to save up for the day I don’t have food. Which is never a progressive
Are you dreading meal prepping? Not sure what to plan or where to start?
Here are a few things I like to do, that are simple and give me the extra time I need each week to spend with my family and on myself and being present in my life.
Here are 4 Simple Tips to Kick Off Your Week:
1. Find containers that suit your needs and the size of your fridge! I used to buy all these fancy ‘meal prepping containers’ off Amazon, or buy Tupperware in bulk at the grocery store but now I use ziplock sandwich bags. These are easy I can make them more airtight than the meal prep containers and they don’t take up mass amounts of space in my fridge!
2. Once you find your perfect container, start thinking about the meals you would want to be eating that week. I generally choose a similar meal that will be quick and easy to eat for that week, usually, this is my lunchtime meal or my 3rd meal of the day.
3. Set out a day of the week where you can give yourself at least 2 hours to cook and separate your meals. It may not take you two hours but remember you are going to be batch cooking a lot of your meals which means you can limit the time you spend in the kitchen. If you do not like to batch cook meals and you are looking more for a variety in your meal prep it may take you more time but you will certainly be happy with the amount of time it saves you throughout the week. It also gives you the assurance that you will have food and the right kinds of foods to help you reach your health goals.
4. Let your food cool for at least an hour but no longer than 2 before you store it in the fridge. Once your food is all prepped and ready for the week, kick your feet up and enjoy that extra time in the morning whether it be getting yourself ready, kissing your loved ones, taking your fur babies out for a walk, or just spending a few extra moments of peace before the crazy begins.
Stay tuned for more information about what types of foods I like to prep and why