I have a super time-saving tip for you today â€“ a tip that will make your life easier, save you money, AND help you stay on track with your nutrition.
Here it goes: In a nutshell, most of us fall into two camps when it comes to meal prep. We either overthink it, or we donâ€™t think about it all.
Overthinking is an easy trap to fall intoâ€¦Â thereâ€™s just SO much â€œstuffâ€ on the internet, in magazines, and on social media with conflicting information. Itâ€™s nearly impossible to filter out all of the noise and to make an actual decision.
So you think about it, you think some more, and then before you know it, itâ€™s time to eat and you still donâ€™t have a plan.
Way too many people (I used to be one of them!) think that meal prep is all about identical-looking bland Tupperware meals (like chicken, sweet potato, and broccoli) and think, â€œUgh… thatâ€™s not for meâ€!
Thatâ€™s when a lot of us join the second camp: â€œput it off for next weekâ€ / or not thinking about prepping or planning meals at all.
Thereâ€™s actually a happy middle ground! What if you took a few minutes to map out your meals and snacks for the next several days, and when youâ€™re making diner, you cooked simply made 2-3x the amount you usually do?
Thatâ€™s actually a golden tip from the good olâ€™ days of home ec class, our grandmothers and beyond!
I grew up with a single working mom and after a long day the last thing she wanted to do was cook dinner. Back then they didn’t call it meal prepping but she would make extras through out the week so she wouldn’t have to cook.Â
You can double up by making extra turkey burgers, chili, stir fry, or â€¦ well, almost anything! It doesnâ€™t just apply to â€œspecialâ€ meals.
Taking this approach means you donâ€™t have to set aside several hours of valuable weekend time to cook for the upcoming week. Instead, you spend your normal amount of time cooking â€¦ plus 5 to 10 minutes each week PLANNING your meals.
This seems like a no-brainer, but the PLANNING part of it makes all the difference, especially if youâ€™re used to trying to figure out every night what youâ€™re going to make for dinner.
And to help you tackle meal planning at another level, Iâ€™m going to share an AMAZING resource that I created just for you!Â Itâ€™s a â€œComplete Guide to Meal Planningâ€ where Iâ€™ll break down step-by-step how to plan your meals and set yourself up for success.Â
Itâ€™s also loaded with game-changing recipes, tips, and strategies!Â
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