Today on How To Meal Prep, I’ll be suggesting easy ideas on how to keep yourself on track and out of that slow moving fast food drive thru. Believe me, the meal prepping train is hard to stay on but with the right motivation I know we can do it together!

The first thing you might be wondering is, why is meal prepping so important? Well, in the long run it is better for your wallet than going out everyday for lunch. The meal you just upsized to large fries (don’t blame you) and added four sides of ranch to definitely empties the wallet, fast. Of course a business lunch can be used as an acceptable excuse to spend money, just don’t make it a habit!

Second, it saves time. We all know that there’s only so much time we have to eat during the work day. How can a thirty minute break felt like a five-minute break? Only the Time Lord knows. So why waste it all in line when you can pop something in the microwave for a few minutes and have instant enjoyment?

Third, it contributes to an overall better balanced diet. Whether you are or aren’t watching what you eat, your body will thank you for one less Big Mac a week (and hopefully your body will thank you for less fast food in general). Also, who hates the way fast food makes them feel? I know I do, and meal prepping will hopefully take that sluggish, gross feeling away.

Lastly, it will relieve your stress. Yes indeed, in the middle of the day instead of worrying and deciding last minute about what to eat, it’s already decided. Now all you have to worry about is the fomo (fear of missing out) you’ll get from thinking of that Big Mac when you’re eating that Caesar salad.

So now that you know why you should meal prep let’s get into the hows. Let’s just do the simplest and most effective way!

Firstly, you need something to store your food in. Any kind of Tupperware works. I would just keep in mind that different meals will fit in different sized containers so make sure to get a variety. Also, if you’re a fan of salad dressings or any type of dipping sauces look for little containers to put those in.

Now, while you’re at the store, it would be a good time to get the ingredients for your meals (if you have your list ready). Don’t forget to buy in bulk, at least enough food for five meals if you’re only planning on prepping for lunch. One of my favorite meals (favorite because it’s easy) baked chicken, rice, and baked broccoli. I won’t tell you how you should cook and season each item on this post because there are just so many different ways.

This meal is easiest because you can throw the chicken and broccoli to bake together and have the rice cook all at the same time. A good rule of thumb to keep in mind is that cooked meat is good for about three to four days. So if you plan on cooking Monday and eating Friday you can freeze your meal and it’ll be good to go for you Friday morning.

Once you get your meal cooked and ready divide it into your different containers. Label them, just for aesthetic reasons, and you’re all set!

Have fun and get creative with your recipes!