Affordable Meal Prep for Faster Weight Loss
One of the biggest temptation hurdles to overcome is eating out for lunch during the week. It's no secret that restaurant foods are loaded with extra calories. We're also usually in a rush during lunch and often choose less healthy foods simply because they're faster. Today we'll cover some basic meal prep ideas to keep you on track throughout the week.
Prep Food Ahead of Time
The basic idea behind meal prepping is to take some time on Sunday to prepare all of your lunches for the week. This will help you eat healthier foods in the right portion. It can also help you save hundreds or even thousands of dollars throughout the year. So let's get started.
If you don't have them already, get a matching set of food containers of a relatively smaller portion size. This will ensure you're eating the same amount every day. Hearty meals can be both healthy and satisfying. Adding protein to these meals can also be inexpensive when planned ahead.
Get the Portion Sizes Right
A simple place to start is with your carbohydrate portion, usually rice or pasta. Brown rice will have more nutritional value overall and, when made in a rice cooker, turns out delicious. Adding a bit of quinoa to your rice adds additional protein, flavor and texture. Season your carbohydrate portion as desired while avoiding sauces. Place an equal portion of this in each container for the week and now half your meal prep is complete.
For the protein side, you can choose to sauté or grill lean chicken or tofu, seasoning it to compliment your starch. You can also opt for a salad with black beans and chickpeas as an alternative. Once all your meals are complete, simply stack them in the refrigerator and grab them as needed when heading out the door in the morning. If you need a little inspiration, you can find more affordable and healthy meal prepping recipes and tips in the Recipes Section of our website.
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