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When it comes to healthy eating, it is true that it can involve a lot of planning. But that planning is completely worth it, especially when you are able to use that forethought to head to the local farmer’s market for fresh produce.
There are a few ways you can make meal prep and recipe planning a breeze. It doesn’t matter if you choose to do it Saturday or Sunday—it depends on your plans and preferences—but setting aside an hour or two to prep your food will save you a lot of time throughout the week.
Take advantage of food blogs.
Pinterest can be your best friend when it comes to meal prep, especially when it comes to finding new recipes. Some of the best food bloggers use Pinterest to share their recipes. Even better, you can find a lot of ‘one pot’ meals, making your cooking that much easier.
Get a meal planning service.
There are a few great meal planning services out there, and one in particular gives you all of the meal prep steps laid out. If you use The Fresh 20, every week they will let you know exactly what you need to prep to making cooking for the week a breeze. For example, they’ll let you know how much rice to cook, that you should blanch broccoli ahead of time and more—things you may not have realized would save you a lot of time.
Invest in the right storage containers.
If you are going to be pre-making a lot of the week’s ingredients, be sure you have the right storage containers. It is best to use glass containers versus plastic tupperware. Though they may cost a bit more, it is shown that plastic containers can leach harmful chemicals.
Mix and match your foods.
It is easy to get bored eating the same meal every day, though that can easily happen when cooking a few big meals on the weekend to avoid weekday cooking. Be sure to mix and match those veggies, grains and protein so that you don’t feel like you are eating the same thing day in and day out.
Pre-portion your snacks.
If you find yourself snacking during the day, meal prep can come in handy for your snacks, too. Portioning out serving sizes of that bag of pretzels or jar of peanuts is the best way to reach for a snack without looking down later and realizing you ate too much.