Oh, how I love my meal prep Sundays. There’s no better way to stay on track throughout the week than to have your meals laid out for you. Getting derailed from your healthy choices is easy when you aren’t prepated – temptation is EVERYWHERE! No matter how hard you work in the gym, you will NOT see results unless you are eating fresh, high quality, foods in the correct portions (yes, too much healthy food CAN make you gain weight – sorry!). Here are some of my favorite tips on how to successfully meal prep for the week!
- Invest in some nice Tupperware. No better way to treat yourself than a nice set of food storage containers AMIRIGHT? Jokes aside, fresh Tupperware gets me hyped. I like the glass kind – it’s a little pricer than plastic but safer to microwave and it’s oven safe. Lasts way longer too.
- Set a day to go grocery shopping and know EXACTLY what you need to buy. I do 90% of my grocery shopping for the week on Sunday. On Wednesday I will stock up on a couple additional items, but for the most part I get everything I need from Costco, Sprouts & Trader Joe’s on Sunday. I always have my meals for the week written out and what ingredients I need for each. Check your pantry and your fridge before you go and make a note of what you need that way you aren’t wasting any food! It’s so easy if you are prepared. Stay a step ahead and download my grocery list!
- Clean & prep! Wash all of your fruits and veggies and chop if needed. I tend to have certain foods portioned out and ready to cook instead of cooking it ahead of time (cauliflower rice, zuchinni/squash, anything that doesn’t taste as good heated up). This prevents food from spoiling before you get the chance to eat it. I never eat anything 3 days after it’s been cooked! I usually do a second round of cooking my prepped food on Wednesday to keep it fresh.
- Make your favs! I have a few items that I make all the time – curry cauliflower rice, lemon roasted broccoli, breakfast frittata, turkey skillet, sweet potato toast, zoodles, list goes on… I will alternate between these foods every week so I don’t have to stress about what I’m going to make for the week. If I feel like getting creative that’s fantastic, but if not I go to my staples!
- Don’t forget your snacks! Let’s be real, 3 meals a day ain’t enough. I am most likely to slip up by snacking on a candy bar than eating an entire unhealthy meal. That’s why I always have healthy snacks prepped and on hand. My favorites are fresh fruit, carrots & hummus, cucumbers with lemon juice, salt & pepper, raw nuts, kombucha, green tea with Further Food collagen peptides (code BROCC for discount), RX bars, and beef jerky. Yes, I said beef jerky – higher in protein and lower in sugar/calories than almost every protein bar out there. Just make sure it’s nitrate free, gluten free, low in sugar, and grass fed (aka just read the ingredients and look for anything fishy). I’ve literally tried every single type NatureBox offers and it’s all legit and gets delivered to my office. Try to stick with fresh fruits and veggies and also monitor your calories while snacking, as it can get out of hand and start to add up quick! I eat one snack at 11 am and another at 3pm around 100-200 calories each.