Having trouble getting started with meal prepping? There’s a lot of great information out there on how to meal prep, but getting tips from the experts can help to kick-start your journey with meal prepping.
If you want to prep like the pros, check out these tips given by registered dieticians themselves!
Take It at Your Own Pace
Don’t try to prepare more meals than you need or exhaust yourself on your cooking days. When you first start out, start slow. If you have access to healthy options for breakfast and lunch, consider only meal prepping dinners to start. Bottom line: don’t overdo it – do what feels best to you! (Toby Amidor, RD)
Make Food You Like
There’s no point in planning out and prepping healthy meals for the week if you aren’t going to eat them! Make sure that your food is actually appetizing to you, otherwise you’re likely to search for something else to eat and let your time and effort go to waste. (Colleen Christensen, RD)
It’s Okay to Use Premade Ingredients
You don’t have to make everything from scratch. Meals can still be healthy with premade ingredients, and incorporating things like premade sauces and dressings can make the process less time consuming. Meal prepping is supposed to free up more of your time, so there’s no reason you should have to spend hours and hours slaving over the stove! (Kelli Shallal, RD)
Go to the Store With a Plan
In order to avoid wasted food and money, it’s important to have a solid meal plan. When you have a plan before stepping into the grocery store, you’ll save time as well. Every item you purchase will have its own purpose and get used accordingly. Meal prepping is an amazing way to prevent wasted food and to save time and money. (Shannon Henry, RD)
Get Good With Ratios
To get your major nutrients in without overeating, it helps to aim for a good visual ratio. This means you should try to have 1/4 protein, 1/4 starchy vegetables, whole grains, or fruit, and 1/2 non-starchy vegetables. Sticking to a ratio like this helps you balance your meals and get in all of your fiber, vitamins, and minerals as needed. (Tracy Mann, RD)
Meal prepping can be incredibly rewarding and provide you with so many benefits – and it doesn’t have to be complicated or boring. Take it from the experts! Try out these tips today and get one step closer to achieving your health goals.
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