Quick! What's the first thing that you think of when someone says “meal prep”?
Uhhh...probably big gym junkies who eat nothing but bland boiled chicken, rice and broccoli with nary a single spice in sight?
I mean - that's what I first thought when I first started meal prepping. It had to be something boring that you eat every single day as you slowly start to resent your food by day three (it has happened to me before!). But I was amazed, shocked, even gobsmacked at what the benefits were.
Imagine this, you wake up at 7:30 and realise - "crap, I have a class at 8 and I should have gotten up earlier, I'm gonna be lateeeeee". Do you have time to think of finding something nutritious, delicious, and fun to eat? No you probably scan through your pantry and settle for a single sad slice of white bread.
But when you meal prep, you just grab and go; knowing that whatever you have is something you actually wanted to eat and even saves you money for that ASOS sale that you know is totally going to happen soon.
So here's 5 steps to get you started.
1. Look up the most delicious recipes you can find
Seriously, the sky's the limit. No more sad sandwiches or expensive slices of regret. You can have delicious burrito bowls, stir fries, pasta, or that curry you always get from the restaurant.
Google is your best friend here
2. Do it all on Sunday morning
Or afternoon really, or whenever the day before your week starts. This keeps the meals the most fresh.
3. Try it before you make a massive batch of potential regret
This has happened to me several times. I thought it was an amazing idea to try some Cuban meal before seeing what it actually tasted like and didn't even try before the next day.
By then it was too late, I realised it tasted terrible and I was stuck with a massive batch.
4. If you get sick of food easily - get some VARIETY
If you hate eating food several times in a row - then meal prepping seems like a nightmare come to reality - the thought of eating the same exact meal day in day out sounds like a recipe to destroy your tastebuds.
But really - you can just make some variations on your recipe, or create several different recipes. For example, you can make several different sauces with pasta or different vegetables for roast or prepare the chicken (or other protein alternatives) differently.
5. You can always leave yourself a cheat day
Seriously - go wild on that Friday lunch with your coworkers. Just cause you're saving money, being healthy and being an absolute gun doesn't mean we don't have cravings every now and again.
You do you. After all, variety is the spice of life ;)
- Mark c: