Hey there! I feel like it’s been forever since I’ve written a blog post! Thanks Rach 😉 With getting clients going on personal training and school getting started it’s been a busy month! I feel like I’m finally getting into my groove and finding a good balance between everything. (knock on wood)
Meal prepping. Does it intimidate you? It definitely used to scare me! I know a lot of people think that meal prepping takes a ton of time and money. Well, I’m here to tell you that’s far from the truth! It doesn’t need to be anything crazy or complicated. However, if you want to be successful with your nutrition, you need to be prepared! I have adapted quite a few habits over time and want to share them with you!
Tip #1 – Have a plan!
This is the single-handedly the most important thing you can do. I personally plan out the food I’m going to eat the next week on Thursday evening (usually) and then get my groceries on Friday, then I have the entire weekend to ensure that I get meal prepping done. Keep a list on the fridge, in your purse, on your phone, wherever you need it! So when the time comes you at least have a plan as to what you are making, instead of scrounging the kitchen for food or going out to eat because you weren’t prepared at all.
Tip #2 – Bulk food prep!
This one is SO helpful! You don’t have to prep out every single meal ahead of time, because that does take more time and a lot of space in the fridge LOL. But take the time (30 min. or less) to prepare your protein sources (ground beef, chicken, turkey, etc.) and some vegetables (potatoes, broccoli, cauliflower, zucchini, etc.) ahead of time so that you can easily reheat them and you’re good to go! Think about the food items that take a little bit longer and/or you use the most of and prep a bunch at the beginning of the week to save yourself some time!
Tip #3 – Crockpot
If you’re going to invest in a kitchen tool to make your life easier, this is the one! You can make SO many things with it. Pick a type of meat, add some veggies, throw on some seasonings and you’re good! One of my favorite things to do is throw some chicken in with some salsa and cook it on low overnight. When I wake up in the morning I can easily shred it up with forks or a hand mixer and I’ve got chicken for the whole week! Plus when you cook it overnight, the total time you have to contribute is seriously like 5 minutes. Does it get any easier?
- This is the crockpot I have and love! Has a timer which is perfect for overnight cooking or when you might be gone for the day. Shop here!
- This is another very similar crockpot. Cheaper and more simple design. Shop here!
- Don’t forget about the crock pot liners!!
Tip #4 – Multitask!
If you’re anything like me, you’ve got a list of podcasts, YouTube videos, or Netflix shows (not judging) that you’ve been wanting to listen to or watch. Well here’s your time! Put on a motivational or educational Podcast or YouTube video and kill 2 birds with one stone. Or if this is only time you can find to catch up on The Bachelor, then girl you do you. Whatever you choose, it will make meal prepping go by much faster and you can check something else off your list too!
Tip #5 – K.I.S.S.
Keep It Simple Stupid! Meal prepping does NOT have to be complicated. If you really want to try new recipes all the time with 10+ ingredients, then go for it. But to be honest, I don’t even remember the last time I used an actual recipe for my meal prep. Pick 1-3 protein sources (chicken, beef, turkey, eggs) for the week, add some veggies (Frozen! Cauliflower, broccoli, beans, peas), add some nutrient dense carb sources (rice, potatoes, oatmeal) and you’re good! If you ever need some simple and easy ideas, be sure to check out my Instagram page @fitnessbykristen. I do a “Full Day of Eating” every Monday and save it to my highlights!
I hope you guys found these tips helpful! Meal prepping can and SHOULD be super simple. No need to make things complicated! Comment below some of your favorite ways to make meal prepping a breeze!
By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.
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