Meal Prepping Hacks
There are numerous benefits to meal prepping. Not only is it great for eating on a diet or budget, it can also be a fun and efficient way of reducing food waste in the kitchen. Through careful planning, it reduces the temptation to eat more than needed and cuts down on the overconsumption of groceries.
So how does one actually start? For beginners, the important thing is to focus on starting small; develop a sense of which recipes you enjoy most before committing to planning your meals for the rest of the month. If done right, it’s a process that can be very enjoyable!
Here are some tips on getting started with meal prepping
Have a goal in mind: why do you want to do this in the first place? Is it to go on a diet, eat on a budget, or cut down on wastes?
Use the right containers: glass containers are generally preferred for multiple reasons — they are more sustainable than plastic, you can easily see the contents, and the food can be heated directly in the microwave
Foods that work well:
Cooked grains & pasta
Nuts & seeds
Foods that don’t work well:
Softer fruits such as lettuce, berries, or cut fruit
Crunchy items such as crackers or chips
As a rudimentary guide, a balanced meal should include:
1 serving of protein (size of a palm)
1 serving of vegetables (size of a fist)
1 serving of starch (size of one cupped hand)
1 serving of fat (size of a thumb)
While this is a general guide for beginners, the possibilities are endless. Meal planning can be a way of keeping yourself accountable while also achieving specific goals. Since it requires you to map out what you are eating ahead of time, it gives you total autonomy on exactly how much you consume and can lead to more nutritious meals. Despite all the potential benefits, first focus on starting small and having fun!