One of the biggest concerns people seem to have when I talk to them about their goals of getting healthy and fit is how to meal prep. Often people tell me something along the lines of
- “I just don’t have the time to do all that preparation” OR
- “I just don’t know how to meal prep” OR
- “I don’t want to have to make different meals for the whole family”
Or some other statement of overwhelm. I get it. I was there once until I figured out how to meal prep simply. I decided to write this post in hopes that this will help you understand that meal prep doesn’t have to require a lot of time, knowledge, expertise, different meals for different family members, etc.
The weekend is coming, and a lot of our team members do their meal prep every Sunday. I wanted to get this post out around this time of the week so that you’ll have a chance to put this into practice this Sunday. 🙂
When considering how to meal prep, keep it simple
For me, the biggest thing is to keep things simple. I work a full-time job, have a wife and 2 kids, and am an online health and fitness coach. Plus I have blog articles to write. 🙂 I just don’t have time to spend hours in the kitchen and make complicated recipes. When I think of meal prep, I think simple foods such as:
- Ezekiel English muffins
- Hard-boiled eggs – I usually boil a dozen on Sunday
- Salad greens, carrots, cukes, tomatoes, etc. for salads
- Fage Greek yogurt
- Frozen fruit to mix with Greek yogurt or Shakeology
- Frozen green veggies
- Nut butters
- Frozen chicken breasts
- Mary’s Gone Crackers
- Grassfed whey protein powder
- Organic ground beef from Costco
How to meal prep breakfast, lunch, and dinner
For breakfast, I usually have an Ezekiel English muffin with 2 tsp soy-free Earth Balance Buttery Spread. I sometimes have 1 or 2 No-Bake Shakeology balls with it. Meal prep for that is easy.
For lunch, I always have a huge salad with vinegar dressing and hummus with Mary’s Gone Crackers. So the only prep is to make sure I have my hard-boiled eggs ready and plenty of salad greens and other raw veggies, nuts, and seeds on hand.
For dinner, I usually have a protein, a steamed green vegetable, and a starch such as brown rice, quinoa, taco shells (for taco night), or brown rice spaghetti noodles (for spaghetti night). I have an electric steamer I have been using for at least 10 years. I highly recommend getting one of those if you don’t have it. Here’s one on amazon.com.
Sometimes I’ll make a separate meal for the kids such as Kroger organic pizza or Ian’s chicken nuggets, especially on football nights, but my kids still eat a green vegetable. Oftentimes, we all eat the same meal because the food is tasty and healthy!
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