When I began my weight loss journey, meal prepping was a foreign concept to me. And to be honest, I wasn’t really into it.
I understood the value of meal prepping. It’s a great way to prevent those spur of the moment fast food runs when you’re too tired to cook. And it’s a great way to make healthy options easily accessible when life keeps you hopping. I got that.
But I had this vision of spending hours in the kitchen and bowls of Tupperware lined up in the refrigerator, each holding a ready to heat meal. That’s great for some people, but I just couldn’t get there.
So if you’re like me and think that meal prepping takes too much time, let me take you through my meal prep session for this week.
10:15 a.m. Chop up fresh broccoli. (I’m much more likely to eat fresh veggies with hummus for a snack or in salads for lunch if they’re already chopped.)10:25 a.m. Chop up a cantaloupe.10:35 a.m. Dice an onion.10:40 a.m. Brown onion and ground turkey.
10:41 a.m. Begin the clean-up while the turkey is cooking.
11:00 a.m. Put the semi-cooled turkey in the refrigerator. Fold the dishcloth over the sink. Grab a glass of ice water and prop your feet up on the couch because…meal prepping is done for the week!
And it took 1 hour!
But, you say, you didn’t make any meals! True, but I have all kinds of stuff at my finger tips ready to make meals–chicken for salads or alongside some vegetables, ground turkey with some cauliflower rice and veggies for a quick and easy stir-fry. There are a lot of ways I can combine a few simple foods to make meals in a matter of minutes.
And that is how I meal prep! Stay tuned for some basic guidelines of how I make meal prepping work for me.
Talk to me:
Do you meal prep? Why or why not?
What’s on your menu for this week?