Meal prep. You’ve seen the phrase before, usually accompanied by a picture of 6 tiny pieces of the same exact bland chicken in Tupperware containers with the hashtag #killingit. I don’t know about you, but eating leftovers of the same exact thing for 6 days straight (and heating it up in plastic Tupperware) is not my idea of #killingit.
I’m talking about a different kind of meal prep.
Although, yes, this meal prep still saves you hours in the kitchen during the week, helps you stay on track with healthy eating, and prevents mindless eating (like when you mindlessly eat an entire bag of chips while thinking of what you’re going to make for dinner. Hmm now I’m not hungry anymore and my BG is over 300 mg/dL…how’d that happen?), this meal prep is different in the sense that all the meals are unique.
Let me explain…
For me, meal prep is preparing my dinners, for the entire week, ahead of time; typically on Sundays. All my meals are different and all have variety.
I start off by making a list of dinner ideas for the week. This list is based off of what I was able to get at the farmers market that day. Whatever I need additionally I pick up at the grocery store.
Once all my shopping is done I get to choppin! I prepare every meal to the point where I just need to throw it in the oven (or on the grill) to finish it off. That way, when I get home I just pull that night’s dinner out of the refrigerator, preheat the oven, and throw it in.
Not only is this a HUGE time saver during the week, but it helps keep us on track with healthy eating.
It literally becomes easier to eat a home-cooked meal than to go out to eat.
And the best part about meal prepping…it stops me from mindlessly eating while I cook, which make my blood sugar very happy.