Meal prepping is something that I began doing for one of two reasons. For one, it was getting entirely too expensive to eat out every day plus I am trying to monitor what I am eating. I watch YouTube videos every now and then of ‘What I Eat in a Day’ and bloggers that meal prep. I draw inspiration from those types of videos, but ultimately it’s a trial and error.
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When do I meal prep?
By no means am a I pro or a guru when it comes to meal prep. My work week used to start on Tuesdays which resulted in my doing my meal prep on Mondays. Now that I am working Monday to Friday, I now meal prep on Sundays. All grocery shopping is done on Saturdays to make it easier. Most times when I grocery shop I am shopping around what I already have at home and snack for the next two weeks. A lot of times after grocery shopping I’ll bag my snacks.
How long does it take?
Depending on how long you’re prepping for and what you’re prepping it can take some time, but it’s really work it in the end. In prepping a weeks worth of breakfast, lunch, and snacks I take about an hour or two. I put on a show on Netflix, that I’ve already seen, for background noise.This is prepping everything down to bagging my snacks and washing the dishes. Washing everything is a part of the process. For me, it makes everything complete to have cleaned everything up.
How do I choose my meals?
I choose my meals based off what’s easy to cook, will fit in my lunch bag with no problem, and preferably doesn’t require a microwave. I usually have some type of fish, chicken, ground turkey, and tons of vegetables at home already so I keep those in mind before thinking about what else I need to buy.
Meals thus far?
Well, I typically have mad sandwiches. I do not add mayo to prevent the bread from being soggy since I make the sandwiches in advance. Lately since I’ve been changing up what I eat I’ve been trying to think of healthier options for my breakfast, lunch, and snacks. I’m the kind of person where I can eat the same thing. Some people need variety, but I don’t mind having salads one week and sandwiches the next.
I made a salad with chicken one week. I don’t typically eat tomatoes, l but I had them on hand and didn’t want them to go to waste. I had lettuce, chicken, corn, tomatoes, and cucumber. I put my dressing in a separate container and that was my lunch for the week.
Another week I prepped fish sandwiches. I had Polloch burgers in my freezer that I had bought from Costco so I made a sandwich with that and romaine lettuce on sandwich thins.
What containers do I use?
I have containers that I’ve purchased from Dollar Tree and some left over from takeout. Yes, I know, not the best options. I do want to and plan on buying a set that is BPA free. I saw one at Five Below that would be ideal to portion out all of my snacks. I do take a lunch bag to work. I bought it a little over a year ago from Target for under $10. Click the links below for items to store your meals.
- Rubbermaid Easy Find Lids Food Storage Set (24 pieces)
- Ziploc Containers & Lid Set Variety Pack (24 pieces)
- Walmart | Mainstays Food Storage Containers
- LIFT Certified BPA-Free Reusable Microwavable Meal Prep Containers
- SmartPlanet Portion Perfect Containers
- Amazon | BPA-Free Meal Prep Containers
- Thermos Lunch Bags
- Igloo Lunch Bags