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Make Your Meals Easier: A Guide to Meal Prepping

If you’re considering a prepped meal lifestyle, there are a few tips and tricks that will make your sole day of cooking much easier. Click ahead to see our take on how to start meal prepping.

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Step 1: Start Small

There’s no reason to start your meal prep journey by making a week’s worth of overnight oats, barbecue chicken breasts with mashed sweet potatoes and sautéed broccoli florets, and flank steak with brown rice and grilled peppers. When you’re feeling meal prep out, try making one recipe for the week. It could be as simple as deciding to grill seven chicken breasts on Sunday.

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Step 2: Acquire Storage

Even if you start small, you’ll need containers to keep your prepped food in. If you plan on eventually prepping entire meals, we suggest investing in a bunch of segmented, lidded containers. If your meal involves multiple food items, being able to separate them may prove integral in the prevention of taste cross-contamination and sogginess.

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Step 3: Grocery List

Once you’ve bought in to becoming a full-fledged food prepper, you’ll want to make sure your grocery list contains all of the foods you need to buy for a week’s worth of meals. It makes the most sense to buy groceries on the day that you’ll be meal prepping (often, people choose to do this on Sundays). It’s important while shopping to remember to identify both your nutritional goals and which foods will help you to most readily meet them.

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Step 4: Choppin’ Broccoli

Once you’ve purchased your groceries, you’ll want to cut, peel, slice, and/or dice any fruits and vegetables that you plan on incorporating into your weekly meals. If your vegetables require cooking, go ahead and handle that now. Not all food needs to be prepared, so if you want a whole apple or carrot as part of your week, be sure that it is properly washed and stored.

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Step 5: Boil ‘Em, Mash ‘Em, Stick ‘Em in a Stew

OK, so you may not be prepping a week’s worth of stew, but Samwise Gamgee loved potatoes, and our guess is that you may too. Your carbs can usually be handled en masse in a pot of boiling water. This includes potatoes, rice, and oats. You may also find that baking your (sweet) potatoes is best for you. Regardless, after cooking and cooling, you can separate your carbs into their separate containers in whatever quantity you deem appropriate.

For breakfast, consider prepping overnight oats.

 

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Step 6: For Carnivores

If you’re including meat into your prepped meals, don’t be afraid to load the grill up and cook more chicken breasts at once than you’ve ever cooked before. As always, knowing your preferred temperatures is important. Also, don’t be afraid to mix up the seasoning. Ground beef for lunch every day can become repetitive — increase variety by using more than one type of seasoning.

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Step 7: Simple Snacks

There are simple, healthy ways to prep foods you won’t feel guilty about eating. Hard-boiled eggs will last for the entire week, and are great grab-and-go protein snacks. Also, portioning out nuts and dried fruits may prevent you from reaching for something less nutritionally sound.

Consider making your own trail mix to snack on. 

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Step 8: Set and Forget

This process takes time. After you’ve done all of the cutting, cooking, and clock-watching necessary to prepare all of your food, you can place desired amounts (and combinations) of each food item into your containers. You may wish to have similar macronutrient levels in each container, allowing you to easily grab any meal and know exactly what’s in it. Or, alternatively, you could decide to have set meals for different times of the day. Regardless of the method to your meal prep madness, you can rest assured that you won’t need to go through this process until your next cooking day.

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Make Your Meals Easier: A Guide to Meal Prepping