Two words: MEAL PREP. Whether you love it or hate it, it's a necessary evil when it comes to staying on track outside The P.E. Club doors. A good meal prep plan will save you money and calories, in addition to time during your busy work week.
Our trainers shared their favorite meal prep tips to help you *spice* up YOUR weekly routine!
1.) Make sure you have quality tupperware.
When you have the right tupperware and containers to transport your meals, it makes portion sizing and meal coordination more organized - and even fun! Stores like Marshall's and HomeGoods have a variety of marked down reusable containers in a variety of colors, sizes and styles.
*Important! Make sure to check that your tupperware is microwave + dishwasher safe to avoid harmful toxins.
2.) Make meals a few days at a time.
It can be overwhelming to prep a whole week of meals in advance. Think about your week, how busy you'll be, and plan ahead, then go from there. You may get tired or repulsed after eating the same meal for five days in a row... So, break up your week of meals into chunks, and schedule yourself smaller periods of time every few days to keep it interesting.
3.) Make breakfast an easy fix.
Not a morning person? This is a meal prep hack for the early risers! Pre-batch frozen berries, bananas, and leafy greens in plastic bags for an easy dump 'n go smoothie! All you need to do from there is pour the bag of produce into the nutribullet or blender, then add a dash of your favorite milk & nut butter....Voila! Instant breakfast!
4.) Keep it simple.
It's hard not to scroll through Instagram and marvel at the meal prep photos of health foodies packing their fridges for the week. Though it looks intimidating, know that this is JUST meal prep, not serving a table of 12 on Thanksgiving. If you're just starting out, don't stress. Prep a simple turkey chili or vat of rice just to have on hand for an easy meal option, and build from there. Make sure you have some snack options on hand, too! That leads us to #5....
5.) Hit the cutting board ASAP.
As soon as you go grocery shopping, cut up all your fruits and veggies. Put them in tupperware for an easy, grabbable snack when hunger strikes. With everything pre-chopped, it's easier to put together a quick salad or add some color to your scrambled eggs. Anything to get in those extra veggies!
6.) Give yourself incentive.
If you just completed a week well prepped, go ahead -- grab that salad from Sweetgreen or that smoothie from Juice Press. You deserve it!