We all know that we need to eat healthy, balanced meals in order to lead a good quality of life. To make sure that you’re giving your body everything it needs, while swerving diet-related health conditions, you need to eat the right amount of calories, eat all of your food groups in moderation and steer clear of junk foods and unhealthy options. This, of course, is often easier said than done. The majority of us lead busy lives and have tight schedules – between commuting, work, childcare, familial commitments, social plans, hobbies, exercise and more, we can find it difficult to prepare healthy and wholesome meals. Of course, good meals take effort, planning and time. But few of us invest this and end up relying on unhealthy, fast food such as ready meals, takeaways and junk food snacks. Meal prepping can free you from this. Here’s more information that can help you to manage this.
What Is Meal Prepping?
Meal prepping is the concept of preparing whole meals – or elements of a meal – ahead of schedule. When you meal prep, you take time to decide what meals you’re going to eat through the week. You’ll browse recipes like hot pots, homemade pizza ideas, salads, vegetable sides and more. Then, you’ll make sure that you have the ingredients in and you’ll dedicate time on a set day of the week to start preparing the meal in advance. You might engage in activities like:
Marinating meat, tofu or other ingredients
Creating whole meals that can be reheated later
Why Meal Prep?
There are countless benefits that come hand in hand with meal prepping. Here are some that you might want to take into consideration:
Portion control – when you cook your meals in advance, you can make sure that you stick to sensible portions within your recommended calorie count. You can weigh ingredients, making sure you create the perfect portion for your wellbeing.
Cost saving – when you meal prep, you can actually save money. By planning what meals you’re going to have in the week, you can make sure that ingredients overlap, ensuring you use everything and don’t have to buy unique ingredients for one meal.
Time saving – when you meal prep, you save time at key points of the day. Sure, you may take the same amount of time making the meal, but you can decide to make the meal at a set point of the week where you’re free, rather than cooking in the evening every day.
Healthier choices – having meals ready commits you to eating those meals. If you choose healthy meals, you’re going to be better off than nopt meal prepping and choosing unhealthy, fast food out of convenience when the time to eat comes around.
When you get into meal prepping, you may find that certain tools, appliances and other pieces of kitchen equipment can come in particularly useful. Consider investing in plenty of tupperware, tin foil, cling film and even appliances like slow cookers.
Hopefully, this basic insight into meal prepping will help you to see the benefits that it can hold for you!
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