Meal prepping was a foreign concept to me up until about two years ago. Honestly, the idea of cooking food for the whole week seemed really overwhelming, especially since cooking isn’t my specialty. I also was unsure of what to cook and doubted the ability to stick to a meal prep plan.
Luckily, the internet is riddled with free resources to help you determine which foods to cook with to achieve your fitness and health goals! Here is a quick breakdown of three steps I have found to help in successfully sticking to a meal prep plan.
The first step in meal prepping is to figure out what overall goal you’re trying to accomplish. For me, it’s to eat nutritious foods so I have lots of energy throughout the day and can maintain a healthy lifestyle. However, everyone’s goals are different and vary, so it’s best to research how much of which foods you should eat to reach those goals.
Next, carve out time to cook. Just like you would with an appointment, write down the time you plan to meal prep in your planner. It helps hold you accountable and will prevent you from scheduling other activities during that time. Because my schedule tends to be busy during the week, I set aside time on Sunday to do all of my cooking.
Finally, get creative! When I first started meal prepping, I stuck to the same boring meals every week. While they tasted fine, they definitely became mundane, and that’s when I knew it was time to spice things up. Whether you use Pinterest or other publications for inspiration, change up your grocery list and get creative. There are also so many ways to prepare the same ingredients. Don’t be afraid to try something new. You might be surprised at how delicious the meal turns out!
I also want to note that while many people will meal prep the same meal for each day of a week, there are many that will make a couple different meals. If the idea of eating the same thing every day doesn’t excite you, then don’t do that. It’s easiest to stick with meal prepping when you enjoy the foods you’re cooking. I encourage you to give meal prepping a try if you haven’t yet, and be sure to have fun in the kitchen!