If done right, meal prep can go a long way in making your life more organized, giving you more free time, and supplementing your busy work schedules. However, ask anybody who has done meal prepping for any length of time and they will say that it is not an easy task and that it is a constant commitment. Yes, all the planning ahead and getting usually a week’s worth of meals ready in one day can be confusing and tiresome at the same time.
We, Lean & Tasty, are a meal prep delivery service in San Diego and cater to hundreds of customers on a weekly basis. So, we can give professional advice about meal prepping. In this piece, we will discuss some of the tips we recommend that can make your meal prepping endeavors easier.
1. Always Plan Ahead
Meal prepping can easily be called meal planning as it requires quite a bit of planning on your part if you want it to be effective. You have to set your priorities straight and write down the goals that you want to achieve with this practice. This planning can also include any of the diet plans that you want to follow.
Besides, when it comes to meal prepping itself you need to plan what dishes you are going to try in the week ahead, their ingredients, and how you are going to procure them. Planning your week ahead will only take a few minutes, but will save you from abrupt decisions and getting overwhelmed when you are at the grocery store. Write your plans on a piece of paper or your phone’s planner.
2. Keep A Log of Recipes
We have moved from the time when kitchens were well-stocked with recipe books and handwritten recipes from our mothers and grandmothers. Now, there is the internet, but you still need to keep a log of recipes handy. This keeps recipes in one place and makes them easy to navigate. You can do this through handwritten lists, Pinterest boards, or online recipe organizers.
3. Invest in Quality Utensils and Kitchen Gadgets
Kitchen utensils and gadgets are tools that help you perform different tasks in the kitchen. If you plan to take meal prepping seriously, It is good to invest in good-quality utensils and kitchen gadgets. This will not only reduce the time required for meal prep but will also prevent you from becoming frustrated as bad-quality utensils have a tendency to do, imagine a dull knife.
4. Start Small
When you start, it is easy to get overwhelmed by all the elaborate meal prep ideas you see on Instagram, YouTube, and Pinterest. One thing that can be said that it does not have to be that complex. You can/should start small and get into the habit of meal prepping and work your way up. You can start with one meal, the one which is the easiest for you, it can be your breakfast, lunch or dinner.
5. Enjoy the Process
If you want to adopt meal prepping as a long-term habit, at some level you’ve got to enjoy the process at the very least enjoy the payoff. You don’t want to make this another boring chore. You can do this by playing some music that you enjoy, listen to your favorite podcast or an audiobook when you are doing meal prepping. Your mind will perceive this as an enjoyable process and it will be easier to adopt this as a long-term habit.
The idea of meal prepping is tempting, but if you still find it overwhelming to do it yourself for any reason, don’t worry. Lean & Tasty is a meal prep delivery service in San Diego that works on the same principles of meal prepping and delivers ready-to-eat balanced and healthy meals at your doorstep.