Let’s talk about healthy cooking it plays a huge part in helping us reach our fitness and wellness goals, the idea of meal preparation isn’t exactly the most exciting thing in the world. I’m here to help by giving you some tips on healthy meal prep that will not only make healthy eating delicious but ten times easier than you thought.
The Most Delicious Recipes
The healthy eating absolutely must be delicious the yummier it is, the more likely we’ll stick to it, right? So, spend an hour during a day where you have some spare time and flip through those cookbooks, take note the recipe you know you’ll want to try.
Now you have a list of must-try recipes, it’s time to turn them into a delicious meal plan. To turn this into one of those healthy cooking hacks that also saves you some cooking time in the kitchen, stick to only a handful of recipes that you can reuse throughout the week.
Triple Your Recipes
Whatever you are making for dinner, triple the recipe. This way, you’ll have enough for lunch the next day and one dish you can freeze for a day during the week when you are far too busy to cook.
This is one of those healthy cooking hacks that may transform how you think about meal prep each week! It makes things way less time-consuming.
Become a Labeling Pro
As you prep all these nutritious and delicious recipes, be sure to label them all so you can easily look in your fridge or freezer and see exactly what’s prepped. Stock up on some simple food labels that you can stick right on a resealable bag or food storage container and label what it is and when you made it.
Make it Fun!
Here’s one of our favorite healthy cooking hacks since living a healthy lifestyle can totally be fun. If you dread meal prep day, try making it fun by turning up the tunes, listening to a podcast, or inviting a friend over to help. Trust us it will help take the monotony out of meal prep days.
If you want to make meal prep day even easier, let’s look at some of the most common meal prep mistakes. By navigating around these, meal prep day can be far less frustrating, and dare we say, even enjoyable.
Trying Too Many New Recipes
If you’re short on time, don’t feel you need to try out a ton of new recipes. Stick with the recipes you know work, and you know you love. When you’re ready to switch things up, keep it to one or two new recipes per meal prep day.
Maybe You Don’t Have All The Ingredients
There’s nothing more frustrating than starting your meal prep only to be out of ingredients that you need. So avoiding this, try making your weekly plan a few days before, so you can check your kitchen for the ingredients and head to the store to pick up what you need before you get started.
You’re Not Making Enough
So while meal prepping can take some trial and error, one common source of frustration is not making enough or making too much. If you make too little, it won’t get you through the week. If you make too much, it could cause food waste. Check out the recipes and the list of servings before you cook, and plan out how many batches you need to make to help avoid this.
Use Fresh Herbs & Spices
Ditch the store-bought seasoning packs (these often contain added sodium and sugar), and opt for fresh herbs or simple spice blends. It would surprise you at just how much flavor a little sprinkle of garlic powder, crushed onion, or oregano can bring to your dish.
Mix Up Your Proteins
So while your meal prepping, consider mixing up your protein picks a bit. If you lean towards animal-based protein, try adding some vegetarian options in there like beans, lentils, and tempeh.