Meal prep. We all know it's something that will help us achieve our health and fitness goals - but it's also one of the things we tend to procrastinate about.
There are thousands of photos on Instagram of meal prep kings and queens who prep dozens of meals and spend hours in the kitchen - but whilst appealing, it seems all too complicated.
Luckily, I've simplified things with 8 easy tips to help make meal prepping easier, fast and more achieveable - so there's less to procrastinate about!
Make a Plan
If you fail to plan, you plan to fail - that saying certainly applies to meal prep.
Make a plan of what you're going to prepare, choose simple recipes that can be made easily and work out what snacks and meals you're going to eat throughout the week. From this, you can then make a shopping list (to make sure you're not ready to cook only to find you're missing half of your ingredients!) and also make a plan of what you need to cook and prepare.
Don't throw this plan out once the week is over either - you can always reuse it in the future!
Chop and Prepare Fruit and Vegetables in Advance
I don't know about you, but when I'm really hungry, I usually want something that's super fast. Peeling and cutting an orange or chopping a whole bunch of celery just for a snack seems like too much effort - and that's exactly why it's a good idea to prepare these things in advance.
Peel, chop, wash and prepare your fruit and vegetables and keep them in the fridge so they're on hand to add to meals or snack on whenever you feel like it. You are almost guaranteed to increase your fruit and vegetable intake by doing this because it makes it so simple to eat more produce!
Remember Your Oven is Your Friend!
Your oven is the perfect appliance for meal prep as you can cook so many things all at the one time. Roast some veggies, make a frittata or some baked oatmeal for breakfast - even bake chicken breasts for added flavour!
Take Advantage of Your Freezer
Freezing foods is a great way to cut down time cooking time later on. Slice up chicken breasts or meat and freeze them in individual portions to simply defrost and cook later on, make a big batch of baked oatmeal or healthy muffins and freeze them to enjoy later or make a huge batch of bliss balls and freeze them to increase their shelf life even more.
Make Sure You Have Enough Containers!
It seems like a no-brainer, but it's easy to get carried around with meal prepping and then realise you don't have anywhere to put all of the food you've made! Make sure you have plenty of containers to store everything you've created!
You don't have to make just one recipe at the time. If you've got something baking in the oven, make another recipe on the stove and have the rice cooker going while you're doing that - or whizz up some bliss balls in the food processor.
Multitasking is the only way to get things done quickly! Just be sure to set timers for the oven so you don't forget!
Cook Up Big Batches of Grains
Make a big batch of brown rice or quinoa and freeze individual portions so you always have a quick and easy grain option to add to your meals.
Do What's Right For You
Don't feel like you have to follow a certain format or meal prep only on a certain day. Work out what works for you, your schedule, your family and your needs and experiment with things until you find out what that is!