Meal Prep for Beginners

Meal prep is one of the most under rated aspects of nutrition but personally I feel it is one of the most vital resources that you have to stay on track with your diet.

Lets imagine first that youve had a hard day at work, nothing but your boss nagging you, co workers annoying you, you had to stay late to finish up some work and you are far too tired to think about cooking for yourself. What do you do? Most people will take this chance to justify having a cheat meal and on the way home will pick up some fast food that makes you feel content feels your stomach and is an easy quick fix. Some people will go out of their way and still and find a healthier choice when it comes to fast food. And very, very few people will actually go home and cook that fancy dinner. If you pile up a couple of these days a week there goes any chance of staying on your diet, especially when most people have their cheat days on weekends too!

Meal prep single handedly solves this problem and many others. With meal prep you plan out your meals for the week generally people will make enough to last 5 to 6 days and 1, 2 or even 3 meals. Myself I do 2 meals for 6 days of the week. I will have to warn you it is time consuming, but well worth it.

Now you plan your meal, take chicken breast, rice and broccoli which is one of my favorites to make. Based on your recipe calculate the calories in 1 meal based on the serving size that you want. So for example 8 oz chicken breast is around 375 calories. I cup of Brocolli is 30 calories, and 1/2 cup of rice is 170 calories. Bringing my grand total per meal to roughly 575 calories. Now all I do is multiply that by 6 and cook it.

While that is cooking I will general make and portion out a second meal good for 6 days, and I will portion out fruit for snacks into 100 calorie assortments. When it is all done I packed it all up for the week and place it in the fridge by day. I will say it again it is time consuming and you will eat up at least 3 Р6 hours of your day depending on how fancy you want to make your meals.

Why meal prep is so great is that all of your meals are controlled you know the calories going in and you know what you will be eating each day at each time and you can work around it even if things change in your schedule you still have a meal ready and waiting. Most importantly it keeps you away from having cheat days and cheat meals.

If you have any questions about meal prep feel free to ask me, and if you have any great recipes you want me to share, send those my way and I will upload them too!