“There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure.” – Colin Powell. Same can be said about succeeding with your fitness goals, with a strong emphasis on preparation. Meal prep is an essential component to help you stay on track during the week. Here are a few tips for getting started.
1) Pick a Day
Picking a day where you are able to put aside at least an hour for cooking and an hour or two for grocery shopping. I usually do Sundays because that’s the best day that works for me, but choose whatever day you think will be the best for your schedule and one you can commit to.
2) Invest in Good Tupperware
Having the appropriate containers to store all your lunches, snacks, and/or breakfast will make meal prepping go much smoother. Look for some glass or plastic Tupperware for your main meals and feel free to use zip block bags for small snacks throughout the day.
3) Pick Your Healthy Favorites That Will Keep
Pick food you think you’ll be able to eat throughout the week and cook it in bulk. If you prefer a lot of variety, then cook a variety of foods. Otherwise, stick to a few options and rotate. Some good options include chicken breast, shrimp, boiled eggs, sweet potatoes, quinoa, brown rice, salad, asparagus, broccoli, carrots, hummus, fruit, & nuts.
4) Keep It Simple
Trying to make fancy complicated meals can get old. Stick to simple ingredients with simple spices.
5) Make it Happen
Don’t just plan on it, make it happen. Stick to your schedule or make necessary adjustments if needed.