I have a busy, crazy life. With living on my own, working as an engineer for a corporation, starting a business on the side and taking online classes – my life is a hectic mess where I am constantly pressed for time. But with my busy schedule, I always try and still eat pretty healthy and maintain a balance diet. The best way to do this is to plan ahead. Here are some tips to what I do when I meal prep
- Buy in bulk – I absolutely love Costco. They are starting to get more organic foods in bulk that are perfect for meal prepping. When trying to eat healthy, buying the same thing over and over again does add up. So always try to buy in bulk!
- Bake or grill your veggies & protein, instead of pan frying – It is very hard to cook everything one by one. I recommend baking or grilling your veggies all at once, but in separate bins and remove at the appropriate time. I like to cook everything at 400 degrees F (if baking), but I remove everything at different times. i.e I usually cook my asparagus for about 10 minutes and my brussel sprouts for 25
- Weight out your meals ahead of time – if you are competing for a fitness competition or trying to just portion control. I recommend weighting out your meals and separating them ahead of time, so you can just grab and go!
- Don’t be afraid to use fresh herbs or new seasoning – before when I would meal prep, I would never add any fresh herbs or new seasonings to my food because I was scared that it would be added calories. Though there are some seasonings that do add sugar to their ingredients, do not be afraid to spice up your food! You are less likely to cheat if you actually like what you are eating! 😉
- Mix your veggies, mix your veggies – most people usually just meal prep by eating one type of lean meat and one type of vegetable. Do not be afraid to mix your veggies up! My favorite combination is asparagus, cauliflower (cut into rice), brussel sprouts, kale, and bell peppers!