Having a solid game plan for your meals each week takes the guesswork out of healthy eating. Even on the weekends, you should have an idea of what meals you need to plan and prepare.
Sit down 1-2 times per week and make a list of your meals for the week. Identify what needs to be prepped and packed for out of the house and what you can prepare at home.
Start by planning your protein and carbs for each meal. Identify the most time-consuming items and prep ahead of time. The secret to eating healthy even when life gets hectic is my Three P's Method.
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Sit down and make a plan. Figure out what your menu will be for the week covering all of your meals in and out of the house. If you work out of the house 5 days per week you will need 5 lunches, 5 breakfasts and dinners planned ahead of time. Once per week write down your meal plan and all of the ingredients you will need and then shop accordingly. Plan your proteins first, then build your meals around your protein of choice. Plan your healthy menu for the week in advanced to take the guesswork out of eating.
Now that you have your meals planned and grocery haul it's time to get to work. You can decide if you want to prep your meals fully and portion our in advanced, or create batches of prep. The difference being with meal prep you would portion out each meal in a container opposed to having large batches of items made and ready to assemble into meals as the week goes on. The method you choose will be up to what works best for you.
As a general rule, prepped meals can last up to 4 days in the fridge, with some individual ingredients lasting up to 1 week. I recommend scheduling a weekly meal prep practice, ideally on a weekend. You can also prep during the week if you have the time for it. Make sure you are using quality containers that are airtight. Pack the meals that you will need out of the home, and have batches of prepped items for in-home meals.
It's no secret that meal prep is the number one way to stay on track with your health and fitness goals. When you take the time to plan and prep your meals you take the guesswork out of eating right. Take 1-3 hours per week to make your life easier!