April 30, 2019 – 2 MIN READ
If you’ve been looking for meal prepping tips, you’ve probably already read a handful of blog posts that eventually end with the same line: “Do what works for you!”
Awesome. That’s great. But not everyone has enough guidance to jump right in and begin meal prepping right off the bat. Not only that, but half of these bloggers have probably never even meal prepped for a full week.
Instead, at Slice, we asked our power users who consistently meal prep to share their best tips so you can prep like a pro this week.
1. Become a multitasker
Having a few things going at once cuts downtime. It is all about multitasking so that you don’t feel like you are consuming too much time in the kitchen. If you’re not used to it, prepping many foods at once can appear overwhelming, but soon, you’ll be like a well-oiled machine.
So as opposed to tackling the items one by one, try multitasking. Start with what takes longest, such as roasting meats, veggies, and potatoes. Once those are cooking, get on to the stovetop and take care of the foods that need a more “hands-on” approach.
2. Know your struggles
Keep your problem area in your mind. That means if you are good with cooking dinner but face problems putting together breakfast or snacks, spend more time prepping things that will help make those sticklers easier, like pancakes or an egg bake for breakfast, or some hard-boiled eggs, trail mix, and muffins for snacks.
Don’t try to prep every single thing you’re going to eat this week, just concentrate on the meals you struggle the most with.
3. If you prep, prep breakfast
That brings us to breakfast. Breakfast is one of those meals that’s nice to automate for yourself. It’s always one of those “out-the-door” meals that you grab and go and that means it needs to be quick. Moreover, the majority of us tend eat the same thing for breakfast each day, so this meal is natural for meal prepping.
Here are a few breakfast meal preps we love:
Overnight oats are a meal prepper’s dream for their simplicity: Just add your oats, fruit, and stir it up.
Ham Egg Cups
Low-carbs and quick and easy. What more could you ask for? Not to mention they are the perfect-sized, protein-packed snacks to get your day started right.
A breakfast muffin without all the unnecessary sugar? Sign us up. The best part about these is that once you bake them, just stick them in the fridge and you’ve got a week’s worth of quick breakfasts.
4. Be clever with containers
Meal planning and prepping can leave many with no other option but plastic containers. For years environmentalists have beaten their fists at these companies for selling toxic and flimsy materials and we hear them. There are alternatives though.
Using glass containers and metal straws will not only last longer on your shelves, but they will keep food just as fresh—without getting torn apart in the dishwasher.
5. Stockpile where you can
It’s a rainy Thursday night, you’re almost through the week, but you’ve run out of groceries and are too lazy to run to the store. Sigh…it happens.
The solution? Stockpile foods that keep well. Rice and beans can be your pantry go-to alongside some frozen veggies and meats for your emergency, quick and healthy meal stash.