The Ins and Outs of Meal Prepping

Wednesday, September 13 2017 8:25 AM

Meal Prepping and Cutting Vegetables Prepping your meals every week can save you loads of time in the morning before work or in the evening preparing dinner. So, why doesn’t everybody do it? It makes sense, right? Spend three to four hours one day preparing meals for the entire week so you can sleep in that extra 30 minutes in the morning, or spend that extra hour in the evening playing with your children. But, let’s be honest, who has three to four hours on any given day during the week? I know I don’t, between my full-time job and being a full-time mom, plus the little social life that I have, there is never enough time. So, what do you do? In hindsight, meal prepping is the smarter thing to do. It not only saves you money because you’re not eating out, but it will also help you during your healthy eating journey. 

I’ve put together five easy steps you can take that will save you time during your meal-prep.

Use Frozen Veggie Bags Instead Of Cooking Raw Veggies

You see those in the freezer section every time you go to the store, but have you ever taken advantage of them? They are amazing! Whether you choose one veggie or a mixture of veggies, these one-step veggie bags save you a ton of time. All you need to do is place the bag in the microwave, set the right time and voila! While you’re waiting for the veggies to heat up, you can work on something else. BAM! Multitasking, who knew?

Have the Right Tools In Your Kitchen

Food processor cutting up food in small piecesHaving the proper tools in your kitchen is vital. If you’re spending time individually slicing, chopping or spiraling every fruit, vegetable and meat, it takes up a lot of your time. Having a few key components can save you loads of time. Here are a couple tools I have in my kitchen that cuts down on prep time.

1. Mandolin Kitchen Slicer: it cuts, slices, and juliennes your fruits and veggies. This three-in-one tool saves you time and effort during your meal prepping; it’s even small enough to leave on your counter top for easy access.

2. Food Processor: easily chops food into fine pieces. Three pulses are all it takes to get your veggies chopped to perfection. I’ve also used the food processor to make ground meat even finer after cooking it. 

Have An Ingredient List Made Before Meal Prepping

Nothing is worse than finally finding the time to prep your meals for the week, then realizing you don’t have the ingredients you need. You have to stop what you’re doing, run to the store and retrieve the items you are missing. By the time you get back, you’ll have wasted so much time and energy, and your flow, that you won’t want to start up again. Creating a full ingredient list allows you to know what you have in the cabinets and what you need to get at the store. Even if you think you have it, it is always good to check before you leave for the store. 

Thaw and Cook Your Meat Ahead of Time

There have been many-a-times when I’ve gotten everything ready and set out to meal-prep, then realized my meats are still frozen and uncooked. Dang, why didn’t I get them out of the freezer last night? Through time, it’s helped me save time to go ahead and thaw and cook my meat while I’m already working on the stove or oven. I’ve got water in the pot boiling for my meal that night, so I might as well toss my meat in the microwave to thaw. Rice is cooking, let’s throw the chicken in the oven to cook. That way, when it’s time to prep my meals for the week ahead, I’ve got the chicken or beef cooked and ready to go. 

When All Else Fails, There’s Always Leftovers

leftover food after meal preppingI constantly make sure to prepare more than enough food for my family so that we have leftovers. If there’s a week that you couldn’t quite get your meals prepped, make a little bit extra for dinner that night, and the nights to come, and you’ve got lunch the next day. It’s one of the easiest meal-prep steps ever taken, and who doesn’t love leftovers? 

I hope these time-saving tips will help you in your healthy eating journey. We all have busy lives and need tips and tricks to help us stay on track. If you prep and portion out your food, you avoid overeating. Not focusing on portion control plays a large part in lack of results, so it’s important to prep your meals ahead of time. Genesis is committed to helping you reach your goals whether you want to lose weight, gain muscle or maintain. GeoMeals is a great resource you can use on those days you just didn’t have time to prep your meal. It happens, and we’ve got you covered. For more information on GeoMeals, visit their website.

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