Your Guide to Healthy Meal Prepping
A healthy diet is one of the fundamental elements of a healthy lifestyle. Unfortunately, not all of us have the time to continuously whip up nutritious meals at home, which is why it gets tempting to turn to the nearest fast food joint. Sure, we can take supplements from brands like Integrative Therapeutics at Supplement First, but that isn’t enough to get the nutrients we need daily!
Fortunately, there is a way to eat healthy meals without having to hassle yourself with cooking every day. Meal prep to the rescue!
But you’re probably wondering – How can you start meal prepping? If you’re totally new to this, check out our quick guide:
- Start with Containers
Before you start planning what you’ll be making, you must also consider how you plan to keep your food and ingredients fresh and organized. That’s why it’s time to head to the store and invest in quality containers if you haven’t yet.
We recommend getting high-quality and airtight containers that are both microwave- and dishwasher-safe. Sure, it might be a tiny bit pricier than cheap containers, but high-quality containers won’t require replacement for a long time. You truly get your money’s worth.
Besides that, you should get a set of containers coming in various sizes, including small ones to store your sauces, dressing, and even supplements from Pure Encapsulations at Supplement First separately.
- Create a Plan
Next up is creating a game plan. Start off with choosing the best day and time of the week to dedicate to preparing your meals in advance. This will be your routine, so make sure it’s a day you can be consistent with and where you can spend a few hours cooking and prep.
- Choose Recipes
Afterward, it’s time to choose the nutritious recipes you want to make so you can create a grocery list. Your meals can be specific recipes or simple combinations of proteins veggies, and whole grains.
Here are a few effective tips to follow to keep your meals healthy:
- Select well-rounded recipes that include lean proteins, veggies, and whole grains.
- If some of your recipes contain a lot of salt, fat, or sugar, you can adjust the recipe to substitute certain ingredients or reduce the amount of sugar, oil, or fat as you cook.
- Don’t overwhelm yourself! Start with simple recipes, especially if you’re new to meal prepping and cooking. Choose recipes that are easy to prepare and don’t have too many ingredients. Complicated recipes and ingredients won’t only eat up your time and budget, but it’s also overwhelming!
- Go for ingredients that feature more variety in colors and textures to keep your palate interested and your body filled with nutrition.
- To save on meal prepping, opt for recipes where you can reuse ingredients. For instance, whip up a huge batch of baked chicken to serve for lunch with steamed veggies, and another day with whole-grain crackers and other greens.
Wrapping It Up
Keep these basic steps in mind and begin your journey towards a healthier you!