MEAL PREPPING. Key to success.
Right as you all know I am a big supporter of meal prep, I live and breathe out of Tupperware. You don’t have to be a body builder to partake (this is usually what its associated with), and it saves so much time in the week when you normally have little to spare time. I know it seems like an arduous task, but it’s importance in achieving your goals really can’t be underestimated. Knowing what to eat, how much to eat, when to eat and then preparing your meals is one of important aspects of achieving a healthy, balanced diet as well as your goals. So prepping your food = Consistency as we all know how important and critical that is for us to reach those goals.
The key to getting ahead with meal prep is to have a few staple foods that you can batch-cook and use in a number of different ways. (Loving my chicken and rice ..!!) If you really don’t have the time, opt for tinned fish, salads, raw veggies (think carrot sticks, cucumber, avocado, tomatoes), fruit and nuts, which take zero time to throw in a Tupperware.
Taking that extra time to prepare for the week ahead and you’ll be rewarded with a few of these beauties:
Having your meals on hand during the day means you don’t have to go to the local shop for food. This not only saves you time, but also you will be less likely to be tempted by the naughty isle as I like to call it. You have full control over the portions and ingredients.
You’ll be prepared at snack time when hunger strikes with something nourishing, so you can feed your body regularly and keep you metabolism ticking over. Snacking regularly will stop your body falling into a catabolic state, which results in the loss of lean body tissue (including muscle) and a depression of your metabolic rate.
Another major advantage of planning and prepping your meals: saving money. Skip the money you spend on a salad covered in croutons and unknown dressings (which is usually full of sugar). You’ll pocket extra money per week – you’d be surprised. That’s enough for a new gym top for you to be wearing while in a gruelling session with us – we know how much you love them!
5 TOP MEAL-PREP TIPS:
- Invest in plenty of tupperware and ziplock bags – they’re your new best friend.
- Cook in large batches and freeze or refrigerate for meals during the week
- Plan ahead to reduce waste and keep meals interesting
- Make a shopping list, and stick to it
- Set aside a few hours each week to chop and cook – it will save you hours in the long-run.
SIMPLE MEAL PREP IDEAS
- I’ve got you covered with recipes, but what about that time element?
- It doesn’t have to be complicated. Try this:
- Double up your dinner and saving the rest for the following day
- Roast a tray of your favourite veggies ready for salad additions
- Choose raw or no-bake snacks such as almonds, fresh fruit and simple home-made protein balls (I have loads of recipes so just drop me a message and I can send these beauties on!)
- Make a large soup and freeze in portions
- Boil eggs for the week ahead eat throughout the week as a healthy snack or lunch topper
- Grill or poach chicken breasts, allow to cool and store in the fridge
- Buy pre-washed salad mixes
- Cook a big pan of quinoa or brown rice ready to eat cold during the week