Sticking to your diet is hard enough. Sticking to your diet and appeasing everyone else in your house can feel downright impossible. The good news is meal prep doesn’t have to be hard or take forever. In fact, you can do it with just a little extra work.
Here’s what I’ve found works for me personally, as well as a lot of my clients when it comes to meal prep:
Chop all your veggies when I get home from the grocery store so you don’t have to wash and chop every time you need veggies. It makes it super easy to throw together a salad, add to scrambles, and make stir-frys.
Prep your protein 3-4 days out so you don’t have to cook all the time.
Double your veggies and cut your starch in half. This is a super easy way to cut calories without having to make separate meals for yourself and the rest of your family.
If you have a slow cooker it makes meal prep easy. Just toss everything in, turn on, and dinner is ready when you get home.
Make extra when you cook dinner so you can have the leftovers for lunch.
Make double or triple portions when you cook breakfast. That way you only have to cook breakfast twice a week.
Have pre-made foods that are easy to grab such as:
- hard boiled eggs
- pre-portioned nuts/trail mix – I get mine at Trader Joe’s or Target
- Clementines, apples, and bananas
- string cheese
- Frozen meals – There are some good choices out there if you know what to look for. Look for meals that are high in protein, low-ish in sodium (under 1000 mg) and high in fiber. Preferably one that also contains veggies.
Make it a family affair
Get the family involved with prepping meals. It’s a great way to connect and your kids may be more likely to eat the food if they had a hand in making it.