Short on Time?
Short on Time?
Try These Meal Prepping Shortcuts
By: Jenna Davidson
Meal prepping is the best gift to give to your future tired/cranky/hangry/busy self.
And deep down you know that planning out your meals and preparing them ahead of time will save your ass.
Well, good. Now that we got that into the open, let’s talk about if you actually want to food prep but don’t really have that much extra time or energy...
We hung out with Shoprite of Monroe’s dietitian, Carley Baulick, to find out her take on how to make meal prep easier.
Here’s the top 10 meal prepping shortcuts:
Have you heard of the Instant Pot? Of course you have. Invest in one. Cut back on cooking time by like, a lot.
FROZEN FRUITS & VEGETABLES
All the nutrients, just way easier. Plus, they won’t really go bad like fresh produce does.
An easy alternative to oils or butter with almost no fat content.
ON-THE-GO SNACK PACKS
We’ve mindlessly eaten handfuls of mixed nuts before. Who hasn’t? Pre-portioned snacks like those cute 100 calorie almonds are great because you won’t easily overeat them.
FROZEN SMOOTHIE BLENDS
This is a pretty new one. You can buy bags of frozen fruit with the veggies already mixed in. Pretty convenient, huh?
PREPPED VEGGIES & FRUITS
Who has the time or patience to peel, deseed and cut up a butternut squash? Not many. Buy those cubed or spiralized veggies to lessen your prep time.
Stop pretending to be Emeril! It’s someone job to put yummy spices together to make your life easier and more delicious. Give those people some job security and buy Mrs. Dash for your eggs.
An easy post-workout breakfast that’s already made!
There’s a few good options here. You can purchase already cooked beans, lentils, quinoa and buckwheat. Something to think about if you have a busy week coming up but still want to eat some good things.
MEAL PREP BOXES
Feel weird when your food items touch each other? Get containers with individual sections that separate and measure your food for you. This will also keep your portions on the smaller side.
Glad we agree that preparing food ahead of time is important. See what you can do about cutting down on prep time during those busy days, weeks and months of your already busy life!
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