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Meal prepping for the week is a great way to look after your health and your bank account. When you take time to plan your meals, you will be able to make the most out of your budget and the time in your kitchen.
While meal prepping might seem time-consuming at first as you will spend a couple of hours prepping meals, you will save yourself hours as you get to avoid thinking, procrastination, prepping food and cooking during the week.
You will get to wake up in the morning, or come home from work, and reach straight into the fridge for your food. This can also be helpful if you have health goals to make it easier to stay on track, and if you have fussy children, so they know what to expect.
If you want to prepare meals, it can often seem overwhelming to get started. Here are some top tips to help you get started.
Choose easy recipes
You should start nice and simple by choosing easy recipes, or meals that are quick and healthy to prepare, such as hearty soups. These choices can be ready-made meals or ones that you have to make yourself. Once you have chosen a few easy recipes, you can make a list of each packet or ingredient that you need to buy, as well as how much of them that you will need.
Plan the entire week
As well as your meals, you should plan your entire week, from your breakfast to your snacks. This will make meal prepping all the more valuable, and maximise your time and effort. Make sure you think about what you will be doing for the week, including work and leisure activities. This will help you to think about what you might need during the week, and plan accordingly. This means you can head out to the shop once and prep everything in advance. You will then have an easy week of just reaching into the fridge whenever you need something.
Put a few hours aside to prep
Prepping will take time, so it is important to be realistic. Schedule a few hours in your diary to prepare all the food that you will need for the week. This will allow you to get everything done in one go, and you don’t have to think about it for the rest of the week.
Obtain the right equipment
A huge part of meal prepping is the equipment. Not only do you need cooking equipment, but you will also need Tupperware and storage space in your fridge and freezer. Make sure you have all of this before you get started to avoid any problems along the way. The amount you will need will depend on how much food you are prepping, for how long, and for how many people. If it is just you, you will need a lot less than if you are a family of 5.
Meal prepping is a great way to be healthy and save time. Whether you choose to cook meals fresh or opt for ready-made meals, it can be a game changer.