Mastering Meal Prep
In an effort to get #BeachBod ready, we’re diving into meal prep.
If the thought of meal prep makes you roll your eyes HARD, know you're not alone. It takes time, but consider this: Incorporating meal prep into your weekly routine is sure to improve your life. How? Allow us to spit a little bit of knowledge real quick:
People who eat a majority of their meals at home consume fewer calories than when you eat out at a restaurant. Chances are you’ll lose a little weight when you’re not even trying to.
If you were to eat out 2 meals a day, you’d spend around $20 a day. Spending $20 7 days a week is $140 of meals for 1 person. In one month, you could potentially be spending $560 on eating out alone. If you bought groceries and cooked at home, you could would spend around $400 a month and would have enough for two people.
Saving money AND losing a little bit of weight along the way? Sounds good to me. The perfect place to spend that money you saved is on a service with us! :)
Tips for Successful Meal Prep
Upgrade your Tupperware. You have everything prepped and ready to go for the week when you realize you only have 3 Tupperware containers. The best way to trick yourself into doing something new is to buy something that you’re excited to use. Glass storage comes in so many sizes, is affordable, and looks nice.
TIP: Search ‘glass Tupperware set’ on Amazon for a plethora of options.
Don’t Go Overboard. The mistake most people make is prepping too much food all at once. After 3-4 days, cooked food can start to become sketchy and shouldn’t be eaten. When in doubt, freeze your prepped food/leftovers for a later date.
TIP: Steaming your own vegetables is time-consuming but it’s worth it in the end when you have veggies that are more nutrient dense.
Go to the store with a list. This should be a golden rule for life, seriously. Go to the grocery store with a list of things to buy and stick to your guns. Your recipes don't have to have 20 different ingredients for them to be healthy and delicious. Salmon, quinoa, and a large side of greens is easy to make, it’s nutritious and it will leave you feeling full.
If you can, buy veggies/fruits that are in season and local. The Fulton Street Farmers Market is open all year round and sells produce that is in season. Not only does produce that is local and in season have more nutrients but they taste better and haven't been refrigerated for months before being sold to the public.
Make it a date. Make meal prep more enjoyable by doing it with your partner or watch a TV show on your phone and make meal prep your new #selfcare routine.
While we’ve just preached about the importance of meal prep, we all know sometimes life gets too busy to go to the store or too tired to make something. Below are a list of nearby restaurants and a few of our favorite healthy menu items from each one:
Kale Caesar with Grilled Chicken
Ensalada Central with tinga Chicken
Literally any of the tacos
Shrimp Salad Wrap
Stuffed Green Bell Pepper (This can be made Vegan, too!)
Salmon Cobb Salad
Veggie Hummus Sandwich
MORE WELLNESS AT URBAN YOU