Sunday 11 December 2016
There are so many reasons as to why we should meal prep. Have you heard the saying failing to prepare is preparing to fail? It’s a good one, if I’m not organised I tend to eat more and it isn’t always the cleanest option. Ultimately preparing food for the week is a great motivational tool for achieving health and wellness goals.
You will save time in the kitchen during the week because all your meals will be prepared.
You will save money by cooking in bulk, not making impulse purchases at the supermarket and have no excuses to purchase take aways.
You won’t overeat!! Every meal will be balanced with the correct portion size.
You can overcome unhealthy eating habits and resist temptation because you have set yourself up for success.
You’re one step closer to reaching your personal health and fitness goals - routine and consistency are key.
Food Prep Basics
You will have to adjust your food preparation according to your needs, goals, and lifestyle, but I have found that I feel at my best when I eat about five small meals per day. Due to health conditions and food intolerances I like to keep my food prep clean by cooking with wholefoods and avoiding artificial ingredients and preservatives.
With every meal, I try to have to incorporate protein, fat, and good carbohydrates. Healthy proteins include chicken, fish, egg, and lean beef and pork. Use “good” fats such as olive oil, coconut oil, avocados, and nuts. For carbohydrates, try rolled oats and sweet potatoes. Use these ingredients as a base and plan your individual meals according to you.
Make sure you have plenty of containers!
A Typical Weekly Menu
Here is a menu that I’ve created for the week. It includes three meals and two snacks. Of course, I don’t always stick to this, but it gives you an idea.
Breakfast: Overnight oats/bacon, eggs and kumara fry up.
Snack: Apple and raw nut mix.
Lunch: Chicken, green vegetables and goats feta.
Snack: Banana/carrot sticks and almond butter.
Dinner: Pork/mince, green vegetables and avocado.
After only a few hours of cooking and my food in containers, I’m stress-free and ready to take on the week with a fridge full of nutritious meals. You won't believe how much easier life is after doing this.