Meal Prep Made Easy

Meal prep is a fantastic way to keep on track with healthy eating in order to lose fat faster.

Can you imagine opening your fridge to find a full week of healthy, delicious food prepped and ready to be eaten? That sure would make sticking with your diet and achieving fat loss a whole lot easier, wouldn’t it?

The idea is to plan out all of your meals on the weekend, most often on Sunday, then do the shopping and the prep at one time for the entire week. This day is labor intensive, but then your food is ready-to-eat for the next 6 full days.

Here’s my 5 Step Meal Prep Guide to make your next food prep week really simple:

Step One: Planning

Get out your notebook and pen or pull up a blank note page on your iPad, it’s time to start planning for the week. Here are the questions that you’ll need to answer:

1) How many meals do I need each day?

Check your calendar for special eventsConsider your appetite throughout the dayLook at each day separately

2) How many servings do I need for each meal?

Consider who in the family needs which meals. Check the calendar for guests or visitors. Look at each day separately

Step Two: Recipes

Now it’s time to translate those meals + servings into actual recipes. Take a moment to consider the produce that is in season and any special requests or food allergies.

1) Find your recipes

Browse around on your favorite recipe site (Check out Pull out your favorite cookbooksFind your family favorite recipes

2) Focus on a core group of ingredients

Plan recipes that use similar ingredients

3) Calculate leftover meals

Making enough of some recipes for leftover meals saves time

4) Make your list

Narrow down to the exact list of recipes

Step Three: Grocery List

Take your list of recipes and create a grocery list. A few things to keep in mind…

1) Pay attention to recipes that you’ll double or triple

Make sure to include all ingredients in your list

2) Organize your list into these convenient sections:

Meat/Seafood/EggOrganic ProduceHerbs/FlavorsPantry Items

3) Check your pantry for items that you already have

Save money by avoiding double purchases

Step Four: Shopping

It’s time to head to the grocery store! Take your list and, if you’re lucky, a helper down to your local market and go through each section item by item.

Step Five: Food Prep