In my household, Sundays evenings are probably the most productive part of the whole 72 hours since it’s mostly spent meal prepping for the week ahead. What’s meal prepping? Well, essentially it’s where you batch-cook your meals for the weekdays. This could be simple and quick, like preparing overnight oats or boiling eggs for a speedy on-the-go breakfast or creating snack pots of crudités and fruits to take to the office. Or, in our case, it can be a full-on affair that sees us roasting chickens, steaming vegetables and creating vats of chilli, which we then weigh (because we count our macros, but you don’t have to), decant into lunch boxes and cool, before storing them in the fridge.
I know what you’re thinking: What a faff! But while it takes us a couple of hours to meal prep, it means we don’t have to even think about what we’re having for dinner (or cook) after a hard day’s work, and we avoid spending a small fortune in Pret every day. What’s more, a little planning goes a long way to help with weight loss too. If you prepare your own meals and snacks, you can control everything from the calorie to the sugar content. Within a month of starting to meal-prep, I had dropped a dress size; you just have to make sure the meals you create are healthy and full of good-for-you ingredients.
And before you even think it, eating the same foods every day isn't boring. We mix up the vegetables each week and the seasoning for the chicken, and when it comes to serving that chilli, some nights I’ll have it with sweet potato (if I’ve been to the gym) or with a lighter side like rocket salad, courgetti or cauliflower rice. You can even add a spoonful of 0% Greek yoghurt and a smattering of grated Parmesan to jazz it up.
To give you a helping hand, I’ve scoured Pinterest for the best meal prep ideas, plus shared the cheap, BPA-free lunchboxes we bulk buy from Amazon. Keep scrolling for everything you need to meal prep right.
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