310 Guide: The 5 Best Meal Prep Tips
If you’ve made up your mind that you want to start meal prepping, you’ve come to the right place. If you’re unfamiliar with the ins and outs of pre-prepping your meals, check out this article on how meal prepping can benefit you, and where you should begin.
Then, check out the list of nutritionist-approved tips, below, on how to meal prep for success, and for a healthier more enjoyable weekly schedule!
1. Plan out your meals (and make a list)
*Cue the overwhelming feeling that leads to buying everything in the grocery store, or simply giving up! Well, not planning out your meals when meal prepping is the equivalent to grocery shopping hungry and without a list – it's pretty much over before it even starts.
Meal prepping as a beginner can seem overwhelming at first, but it really doesn’t have to be. Planning out just one idea for each meal can completely simplify the process, and making a list will ensure you buy exactly what you need for the week, no more and no less. This way, you don’t run out of food or have a ton left over that goes to waste.
2. Switch things up
Eating the same foods every day can get redundant. If you find yourself getting bored of your meals, try switching things up! For example… If you’re roasting a big batch of vegetables for your lunch, instead of just choosing one vegetable for the week, choose three so you have lots of variety each day.
Alternatively, if you’re making salads or veggie bowls, make two different sauces or dressings so you can alternate for more excitement. Finally, who said you have to eat all your meals with utensils? Smoothies are a fantastic way to take a break from the normal, and you can even add an extra boost of nutrition with a protein powder like 310 Nutrition Shakes!
These are just some examples, but there are many ways to expand your options without extra work in the kitchen!
3. Set aside your prep time
Just like going to the gym or eating a healthier diet, if you don’t make meal prepping a priority, it’s going to be difficult to stay consistent. Start by making a plan… Choose a day and time every week that you know you’ll be able to fit meal prepping into your lifestyle. Most like to do this on Sunday morning or evening, but whatever works for you is the best way to make it happen and stay on track!
4. Use your time wisely
Think of meal prepping as a science; If you cook everything in the correct order, it’s a lot easier to get in and out of the kitchen in record timing. Before you start, think about what’s going to take the longest. Or even better, write out everything you’re planning on cooking with the cook time of each item so you can prioritize the order.
For example… If you need to bake an item for 50 minutes, you’ll want to get that started before going on to the remaining items that have shorter cook times. In addition, if you have to wash, peel, and dice fruits or veggies, you can do that while something else is cooking.
5. Don’t forget your containers...
This is a simple step that’s easy to overlook! If you’re planning on prepping breakfast, lunch, and dinner for the work week ahead, you’re going to need at least 15 containers! Including snacks, you might even need a few more, so make sure you think about the meals you’re making in advance to ensure you have enough, (and the right size containers), to save yourself a last-minute frantic trip to the store!
Now that you know some of the best tips for meal prepping success, we went ahead and made things even easier for you. This Meal Prep Kit has a 6-piece collapsible container set, a food scale to measure proper portions, and a 310 Cookbook with healthy recipes that are also fast and delicious. Grab yours now!