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Thinking of a better and easy way to eat healthier? Then try creating a meal prep plan. It’s a great way to cut down on your cooking time and will help you stick to a healthy lifestyle. You make your meals ahead of time and eat well for the rest of the week.
And to help you get started, I’ve compiled some of the best meal prep tips and hacks that’ll help you get ahead this week. They’re simple to implement and will make your life so much easier. So check them out and let me know what you think!
Chop Your Ingredients in Advance
When you cut your ingredients in advance, whether it’s meat or veggies, you’ll save so much time. Just store them in a covered container or plastic sealed bag, put in your fridge, and grab later to make an easy meal.
Get Creative with Muffin Pans
The easiest way to make pre-portioned meals is by using muffin pans. So try making some breakfast frittatas, bacon and egg muffins, baked oatmeal, or whatever dishes that can be popped in the oven.
Also, if you have leftover soup, pour them into the muffin tin (preferably a silicone muffin tin), put in your fridge, and reheat when needed. The next day they’ll taste great and you can take them to work for a quick lunch.
Make Some Overnight Oats
What I love about overnight oats is that they require no cooking at all. You just have to assemble them the night before and then you’ll have an instant breakfast in the morning.
Try Freezer Meals
Making big batches of freezer meals at the beginning of the week can help you save a ton of time. Stock your freezer with dishes that are in plastic bags laid flat. When a busy day comes, you just have to take them out the fridge and reheat.
Plan out your breakfast in advance by creating pre-portioned smoothies. You just have to put all the liquid and chopped ingredients like banana, strawberry, spinach, etc. into plastic bags, label, and freeze. Your breakfast will never be the same again.
Pack Your Meals
After cooking all your dishes in advance, pack them in your lunch box for a hassle-free meal.
Consider putting them in mason jars or glass containers to keep them fresh and tasty. They make a great grab-and-go lunch that you can take to work or school.
Make and Stick to Your Grocery List
Stay organized with your grocery list and avoid buying unnecessary supplies that you won’t need. Stockpile on healthy options and ditch the unhealthy snacks.
More than just saving you time, sticking to your grocery list can save you a lot of money as well. In addition, you can decrease food waste too.
Make Friends with Your Sheet Pan
If you want to cook two to three variations of meat or veggie recipes at once, then you should definitely use a sheet pan. You can easily divide the pan by using aluminum foil as a divider and cook batches effortlessly. It’s super simple and cuts your cooking time in half.
Cook in Slow Cooker
Slow cookers aren’t complicated. All you have to do is dump your ingredients in, press the button, and leave all the work to your cooker. When you come home, you’ll have a healthy hot finished dinner.
Also, try doubling your recipes and put the other half in the freezer for later!
By simply making your meals in advance, you can so much time, money, and your health as well. And implementing these meal prep hacks from the list will definitely help make your life easier. So give them a try and let me know what you think.
Now I hope this post was helpful and if you have any meal prep tips yourself, email me or let me know in the comments down below! I’d love to hear about them!