My meal prep, what is it and what do I do?

It’s the beginning of the week so lets talk meal prep.

I’ve started doing meal prep for a few reasons.

1- Budget, I’ve been eating out a lot and thats been very expensive.

2- To reduce snacking.

3- To make sure that I am eating the right things.

4- To save time.

So once a week I have been making up some pre-made meals that include lean meat like chicken or been with broccoli and beans or brown rice. I throw the whole lot in a pan with oil, herbs and spices and cook up enough for generally 4 or 5 days. I don’t do the entire week because some variation is important. We can’t all eat the same thing every day, it gets boring.

I package them up in takeaway containers and then pop a few in the fridge or freezer.

The whole process takes about 30 mins and then I don’t have to cook for most of the week. It saves me time and when I am hungry and go to the fridge there is something real there to eat. It makes me less likely to snack or eat out.

Recipe  1

Four Chicken breasts, three head of broccoli and four bean mix. Add herbs and spices to whatever taste you like. Use minimal oil and don’t add pre made sauces as they are full of sugar. I like to buy sun-dried tomatoes and olives in oil from the Deli. The oil is already infused with lots of flavour and the olives and tomatoes go great with the chicken.

Whack the whole lot in a pan and cook.

Recipe 2

Lean Beef mince with broccoli and beans or brown rice. Again add any herbs or spices to your taste and avoid pre-made sauces. I often go for Mexican spices and sometimes throw the whole lot in to a burrito if I’m on the run.

Once you have these two basics you can add salad and alternate between them during the week. It stops you getting bored and it makes cooking much easier.

You don’t have to go on a crazy body builders diet to get results and even if your not working out and just time poor or trying to lose weight meal prep is a great way make a difference.

If you’re serious about making a change in your life talk to your GP or a Personal Trainer about what will work best for you.

 

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