Meal Prepping: Broken Down Into Three Simple Steps
The other day in clinic, one of my patients felt overwhelmed. She had survived the holidays, was feeling energized to get back-on-track, but also felt a bit scattered about where to start. She wanted to feel prepared with meal prepping, but the thought of where to even begin felt daunting.
Can you relate?
I definitely can.
Therefore, in an effort to break down the task of meal prepping, I tried to break the task down into 3 Parts.
The goal is to help make meal prepping fun and not so overwhelming. Most importantly- we’re taking things VERY slowly here.
I encourage you to work through each Part slowly and methodically.
AS YOU FINISH EACH PART, share your progress so we can help encourage each other!
PART 1: Get Organized & Prepared with Meal Planning
You’re going to need 5 minutes to get organized and prepared for meal planning.
ACTION STEP #1: Explore your kitchen and look for protein and vegetables you have.
- What vegetables do you need to use up in your fridge?
- What protein and vegetables are in your freezer?
- What nutrient dense whole foods are in your pantry?
ACTION STEP #2: Write down the main protein source(s) and vegetables you need to use up.
PART 2: Find Recipes & Build Your Meal Prepping Shopping List
You’re going to need 20 minutes to look up recipes and build your shopping list.
ACTION STEP #1: Look up 2 recipes that use the protein and vegetables you have on hand. My advice- keep the recipes SIMPLE and easy to make! Feel free to modify recipes you find in order to make them healthier.
ACTION STEP #2: Build a shopping list full of the remaining ingredients you need for these recipes.
PART 3: Grocery Shopping & Food Prep
You’re going to need 2 hours to go grocery shopping and start prepping some of your recipes.
ACTION STEP #1: Find one date and time that you’re going to go to the grocery store this week. Or- delegate someone in your family to go on your behalf!
ACTION STEP #1.5: Go shopping! When you get home, challenge yourself to chop up your vegetables and/or prep and marinade your protein sources. This will help get some of the meal prep work done ahead of time.
ACTION STEP #2: Pick 2 days this week to make your new recipes!
AS YOU FINISH EACH PART, share your progress so we can help encourage each other!!
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