Are you just getting started with Meal Prep but need help with meal prep ideas? Here is the why and how to help you get started on your meal prep journey plus an easy template to think about when you’re grocery shopping or planning meals for next week.
Meal Prep 101 and a few things to consider before getting started:
Make sure each meal includes a balance of lean protein, carbohydrates (starch), and vegetable. One suggestion is, 2-3 days before your meal prep day, email yourself a list of meals that you will want to eat the next week. When you go shopping, just buy for those meals. This will save you money in the store because you won’t be overrun with impulse buys.
NOTE: It’s also important to include one of the healthy fats listed below.
*Cutlet, ground, strips, etc. Try to look for options that are 93% – 99% lean.
Rice (brown, white, jasmine, black, wild grain)
Potatoes (sweet, Japanese, red bliss)
Whole grain pasta
Whole grain cereal
Whole grain bread
Squash (butternut, acorn, spaghetti squash, kabocha)
Salad fixings (lettuce, tomato, cucumber, peppers, onions, etc)
Berries (strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, raspberries)
Melon (cantaloupe, honeydew)
You don’t want to be mid-prep and missing an ingredient! Check what ingredients you already have on hand and then add what you are missing to your list. Check out our resource page for multiple checklists, grocery lists (low carb, whole30, paleo, gluten free, etc) , and calendars.
Set a calendar reminder on your phone or computer to block out 2-3 hours this weekend. One you get it on the calendar In less than 3 hours you can have a full weeks’ worth of healthy, wholesome and delicious meals ready to go!