Meal Prepping can be daunting especially if you are just starting out. These are the tricks that help me meal prep weekly and monthly.
Things that I always have on hand ie:
- ground turkey- protein
- frozen chicken- protein
- frozen spinach- vegetable
- bananas that I break up and freeze- fruit/carb
- shredded cheese- healthy fat
- black beans- carb, fiber, protein
- canned tomatoes- vegetable
- canned tomato sauce- fruit/vegetable
- canned chicken- protein
- canned tuna- protein
- salsa- vegetable
- almonds- health fat/protein
- pumpkin seeds- protein
- peach fruit cups- fruit
- grapes- fruit
Every couple of months I will buy ground turkey in bulk from Costco in order to create easy dinners. I crock pot the entire package of ground turkey with garlic, salt, and pepper for 6-8 hours on low. Usually half way through I use a potato masher to break up the meat and do the same thing once it is done cooking. Once cooled I strain the meat and then package it into freezer bags. For One serving of meat I use 3/4 of a cup and will package the amount of servings into freezer bags. Then whenever I need an easy dinner I can grab a serving of meat for any recipe I am making that night.
I highly suggest finding recipes you enjoy for your weekly meal prep that will excite you to eat lunch. One of my go to meal prep ideas is the 7 Superfood Salad from Costco with a can of chicken or my unstuffed peppers recipe found on this blog.
For easy breakfast ideas you can hard boil eggs 10 at a time to have an easy protein option. You can also pre-package smoothie ingredients in the freezer if you prefer smoothies. Personally I switch up my breakfast between eggs and high protein chocolate milk.
For snack ideas I suggest finding a seed you enjoy as well as nuts you enjoy as they are high in protein and a little goes a long way. Also fruit is a great source of fiber and a sweet treat. Personally I eat cocoa covered almonds, pumpkin seeds, and grapes.
If you are like me I like to enjoy my weekends so usually on Friday night I will package my breakfast, lunch, and snacks for the next week and store them in the fridge for easy access on Monday.
Be sure to share your tips and tricks on meal prepping below!