Meal preparation, as we already know, is a amazing A way to stay informed about your eating habits, Get organisation You feel motivated and in control. When you really get stuck into it, you may find yourself daydreaming about Tupperware and how cool it is to coordinate the color with the day of the week, or with the meal of the day!
When done right, meal prep can use the same ingredients in delicious new ways. Can save you are my dear moneyAnd the And the more expensive than that, time. Since you plan in advance, it’s a great way to practice making deliberate and thoughtful eating decisions nutrition And the healthy meals.
But… (and there’s always but, not there!)… it can start to feel intimidating when you’re a beginner at the base of meal prep mountain.
Keep reading to learn how forefront Meal makers get the most out of 28 day weight loss challenge Using the top 30 tips and basic meal prep principles to change their eating habits.
spoiler: It is not as difficult as it seems!
30 Meal Prep Tips from the Pros for Beginners to transform the way you prepare a meal
Sasha Farley, Nicola Green and Katie Purcell are longtime users of 28 day weight loss challenge They lost a total of 68 kg. They’ve revealed their favorite and most effective meal prep tips so you can get the most out of your meal prep and apply healthy mummy too!
1. REPEAT MEALS – All of our dinners are for lunch the next day, cook extra, cook double batches!
2. Make one or two more meals every time you cook and put them in the freezer (they can last you long) and they will thank you in the future!
3. Use canned or prepared foods, such as beans and frozen vegetables, as a time-saving shortcut. Frozen foods often have the same amount of nutrients as fresh ones, and they can be cheaper too!
4. There are many unique and delicious recipes on the healthy mummy app. To get the most out of it, try to customize your plans to meet your needs. There are meal plans entirely dedicated to beginners, or if you’re on a tight budget. This post tells you step by step how you can decide which meal plan is best for you: How to customize different meal plans in healthy mummy app.
5. To save time, pre-chop as much as you can, take out all of your ingredients and ready to use before hand.
6. Invest in quality containers. It doesn’t have to be expensive! Simply ventilate tightly so your food stays fresh. And if it’s safe to use in the microwave, all the better. Glass is a great option, and it’s also eco-friendly.
7. The preparation does not have to be in large batches, depending on work and home life, you can do the night / day preparations here and there instead! There is no one way to prepare meals, so get creative and have fun!
8. Ask the family for their input when planning and get them involved in the cooking too – it will be more fun for everyone and they will be more likely to eat, especially the kids!
9. Keep your pantry stocked, primarily with basic items like rice, pasta, and couscous – buy when things are on sale, that way you always have a recipe starter on hand – the base.
10. Freeze everything you can – leftovers, chopped vegetables, meat, etc. because it will save time and money. Less waste, you want less.
11. Choose meals that use different kitchen utensils like stove, convection mixer, oven etc. so you can do many different things at once to get the job done faster!
12. Cook large quantities to save your cooking another night, if it can be easily reheated (or better yet, cold!). Steamed chicken and ready to go. Serve a quick lunch in a wrap, salad, pizza, omelette rice paper roll, or whatever!
13. Use all ingredients from the pantry or refrigerator first so you don’t waste food and money. Healthy Mummy is great for that as you can search for an ingredient and it will give you a bunch of ideas.
14. Stock up on a variety of seasonings and seasonings (especially when they’re on sale) to take your cooking to the next level. Meal preparation is not just about convenience, but you also want to enjoy what you eat.
15. When unpacking groceries, take this opportunity to chop things like vegetables and then put them away because it makes them faster the next time you need to use them if they’ve all been chopped beforehand.
16. Meal preparation doesn’t have to be just for the three main meals of the day. You can make healthy snacks too! Always keep snacks like bliss balls in the freezer because they are the perfect snack on hand and easy to put a few in your bag if you go out.
17. Try a snack or meal swap with another healthy mummy or friend! You earn less but get more variety of snacks to try.
18. Shop and find the best prices and when you find them – stock up! If you’re not afraid of home brands, it’s a great way to buy more for less.
19. Always keep boiled eggs in the fridge, they are a great snack or a good amount of protein to add to meals. A little vinegar or lemon juice can keep them from smelling bad too!
20. Cook and freeze ziplock bags of brown rice and quinoa. They are great to add to any meal to add volume.
21. Stock up on healthy foods and snacks that don’t need any preparation at all… isn’t that cheating? Nibs like mixes of nuts and fruits with shells are ready to eat and can play a key role in a well-prepared meal.
22. Choose simple recipes in 5 steps or less, delicious food doesn’t have to be complicated!
23. Start your morning with warm lemon water or apple cider vinegar. This can help prepare your body to digest all of the day’s meals.
24. Record your favorite meals! With all that going on, it can be easy to forget about the winner and the winning chicken dinner and what a huge volatility. Use a dedicated notebook, or take a quick photo on your phone of meals you enjoyed.
25. If you don’t have an ingredient on hand, replace it with something similar you already have or if you’re shopping around, don’t be afraid to replace the ingredients with other, cheaper ingredients!
26. Organize your fridge and freezer (and your pantry, too.) Take some time to clean out the fridge and freezer so you use up all the space and keep things just there.
27. Try to be consistent with your days to plan and prepare each week if you can! It’s very easy to set a quick calendar reminder on your phone these days. That way when the stimulation stops, your habits will keep you going!
28. Be kind to yourself, if you make a mistake don’t let it get out of your way.
29. Find Shortcuts! With most recipes, there are always steps you can avoid or miss that don’t affect the meal
30. Use your support! Your family, friends and the great group of Healthy Mummy groups on Facebook to help keep you motivated and answer any questions you might have.