“Failure to plan is planning to fail”
Meal prepping is the key to success when it comes to dieting or healthy eating. It is easier to make the right decision when you already have a healthy meal at your hand. It is especially helpful with a hectic schedule, you can just grab your tupperware meal and go.
If you’re meal prepping for the first time, make a list of what you want to make and go to the grocery store. Make sure you have all the supplies–especially tupperware. Your tupperware requirement will depend on how many people you are meal prepping for. I meal prep for two– I usually use about 12-20 different sized tupperware containers every meal prep. If you’re looking for good tupperware sized appropriately for meal prepping check this kind out: Meal Prep Containers or these 3-compartment ones if you are Type A or the type of person who dislikes when your foods touch each other 😛 Premium 3-Compartment Meal Prep Containers
Meal prep on your day off. Sunday is a good day to choose. If you can, be consistent and prep on that day every week.
Example of my meal prep grocery list: (about 1 week of meals for two people)
- 4lbs chicken breast, skinless, boneless
- 3lbs of extra lean/lean ground turkey
- 2 bunches of asparagus (or 2 packs of green beans)
- 2-3 sweet potatoes
- 1 small container of baby bella mushrooms
- 2 zucchini
- 1 onion
- 1 red pepper
- Fresh Parsley
- 1 package of strawberries
- 1 package of blueberries
- 2 containers of eggwhites, the large carton, i usually buy “Allwhites” brand
- 2 containers of fat free cottage cheese (or greek yogurt if cottage cheese isn’t your thing)
- Old fashioned Oats
The Hot Meal Prep:
- I begin by cleaning the chicken, removing excess fat, and cutting the breasts in half to make two smaller portions (Easier to cook thoroughly) I then choose a marinade of choice and marinade the chicken for at least an hour. If you are not watching your sodium I recommend GrillMates “Garlic and Herb” Marinade. Dijon mustard is a good choice. Or make your own teriyaki-style marinade with low sodium soy sauce, orange juice, minced garlic, fresh parsley, and pepper. (just to name 3 of my favorite options)
- Cut the sweet potatoes into medallions, place on cookie sheet, and spray with nonstick cooking spray–if you have the coconut oil spray use that. Top with cinnamon. Put in oven at 350 degrees (for about 12-20 minutes–depending on thickness of your cuts)
- Trim your asparagus. Place on another cookie sheet, spray with cooking spray, top with sesame seeds and pepper, place in oven with sweet potatoes (cook about 10 minutes)
- Have your honey grill up the marinated chicken 🙂 That’s the best option to save you a little bit of work and adds great flavor! Otherwise, bake chicken.
- At this time, you could follow the recipe for Turkey Meatballs (and meatloaf) with Zucchini Noodles with the remaining ingredients.
- Otherwise, We’re making Ground Turkey Stir fry.. So, grab a large pan and begin to cook the peppers and onions. Once softened, add the mushrooms and chopped zucchini. In another large pan cook the ground turkey with a little minced garlic. Once all is cooked, combined with the vegetables. Add fresh parsley to taste, reduce sodium soy sauce (or liquid aminos), and pepper. I will occasionally serve this over brown rice.
- All your hot meals should be cooked, now its time to separate into tupperware. I have a food scale and I measure out 6oz of chicken and 100g of sweet potato –put both into same tupperware (this is about 2 chicken strips and 1 cup of sweet potato) I then add 5-7 spears of asparagus to this meal. That completes that!
- For the Stir-fry I usually measure by cup. I put 1 cup to 1 1/2 cup in separate tupperware depending on the portion size you want and if you are serving with rice.
- HOT MEALS COMPLETE!! Pat yourself on the back, eat any leftovers that didn’t fit into tupperware 🙂
The Cold Meal Prep: (does not take near as long)
- Fruit Parfaits: Wash and cut strawberries, wash blueberries. Seperate cottage cheese (or greek yogurt) by serving size into different tupperware containers. Add fruits as toppings. Put in fridge.
- Overnight Oats:
- 1/2 cup old fashioned oats
- 1/2 liquid of choice (almond milk, milk, water)
- toppings of choice
- banana and peanut butter
- strawberries and blueberries
- pure pumpkin and pumpkin pie spice
- Stevia, or sweetener of choice
- 1 tbs greek yogurt (optional–but makes it nice and creamy)
- Combine all of the ingredients into a container (I like using small mason jars) and place in the fridge. No cooking necessary.
That is it!!
You have successfully meal prepped! You may notice the only ingredient on my list I haven’t used during this prep is the egg whites. I add this to my protein shakes. In the morning when I cook egg whites, I will cook extra and put 100-150g into separate tupperware. But, I do not add this to my meal prep day. There are already enough dirty dishes 😛
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I hope this helped! Happy healthy eating!