If I’ve said it once I’ve said it a thousand times – you simply have to plan ahead in order to be successful. I know the idea of planning all of your meals in advance can seem daunting but fear not because I’ve broken down a day in the life of Staceygreenliving so you can see exactly what I do when it comes to my food.
Much of the reason why people don’t even bother trying to plan ahead has to do with the idea of perfection. They get so overwhelmed by the idea of planning and cooking their meals that they don’t even start. They think “oh, it’s too much work” and quit before they start. But meal prep doesn’t have to be an all-or-nothing thing.
You don’t have to plan every single thing you’re going to eat every single day. But that doesn’t mean you can’t plan for 50% of your meals. There are 3 really great reasons to meal prep, even if it’s just one or two meals each week. And on top of the time saved, you know exactly what you’re eating and it isn’t processed junk.
What if you simply made your breakfasts for the week on Sunday night and set yourself up so that you could just grab and go? How much time would that save you? Or perhaps you make a double batch of your favourite chili and freeze half (my crockpot is my go-to for batch-cooking anything). On those crazy days when you have a million things going on you can take comfort in the fact that you have a delicious and healthy meal ready to go. Meal prep can be as simple as that- freezing your leftovers for another day.
Eating at restaurants and drive-thru’s can get pricey which is another reason why doing some planning and prepping your meals is so smart. You can buy in bulk and save yourself some cash. You can also plan ahead and take advantage of sales. Coupons and price matching can go a long way!
Know what’s in your food
When you cook at home you know exactly what is going into your food and can feel good about that. In addition to being pricey, takeout is full of processed junk. Do yourself a favour and make your meals yourself.
The video below will give you an example of how to meal prep for one day but there are tons of different ways to do it. Here are just a few other examples of how to meal prep in your kitchen:
Cook a double batch of your stew and soups to freeze
Cook a large batch of rice and portion individually to grab and go
Wash and chop your veggies as soon as you get home from the store
Create freezer packs for your morning smoothies
Portion out snacks into individual containers (Find out why these babies, featured in my video, are my absolute favourite kinds of wide-mouth mason jars)
Boil 3-4 eggs to add to salads as needed
And if you’re looking for some awesome containers to package all of your amazing prep, check out these ones on Amazon. Here’s the link. I use these myself and I love them! They are lightweight, BPA free and microwave safe. Triple whammy!
If you’ve been thinking about trying to batch-cook, why not start this week? Let me know in the comments below if you have any other meal prep ideas that make your life easier!