How to meal prep for travel & everyday life
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Anyone who knows me would agree that, I take my meal prep seriously! I could be incredibly desperate for time in the morning, and I would still be making my meals before I would take time to style my hair or put together a nice outfit. #priorities
However, it doesn’t always go as planned, especially after a night of indulging in too many bikini body beverages. The next day is a complete write off. 😬
Mastering meal prep takes time, same as any habit; you must form a routine that becomes second nature to you.
Initially I began meal prepping because, I wanted to eat smart at a price I could afford.
It takes some practice, but over time you will develop a system that works for you.
Follow my tips and not only will you be staying on track with your diet, you'll also be saving serious cash too. 😌
Be Prepared, Always!
Being successful at meal prep means always being on top of planning.
- Create a morning or evening routine. Personally, I spend 30 minutes in the kitchen every morning after I've showered and make all my food for the day.
- Always pack a lunch AND a healthy snack even if you don't plan to be out long, something might unexpectedly come up.
- Have emergency healthy snacks handy in places such as your office, car and gym bag. Refer below for healthy snack options
- Plan the night before, what you want to eat the next day. Make sure you have all the ingredients you'll need.
- Learn to make food you enjoy eating. Get excited about your meals. 😛
- Keep a bottle of your favorite sauce and seasoning at your work place.
Multi-Task In The Kitchen
Betty Crocker better watch out! 😉
- Utilize your kitchen space to its full potential. Start cooking multiple items at once. Obviously, without overwhelming yourself, or burning everything to shit. 😂
The more you practice your routine the easier it will become, I promise.
Tip: Always start the cooking process for your proteins and carbs first, because they will take the longest time to prepare..
Build a grocery list you love
and save it.
Put a grocery list in your notes on your phone, because we've all done it; gone to the grocery store and forgot the one thing we went there for.
Eventually you’ll get to at a point where you can be in-n-out of the store in 10-15 minutes, because you know exactly what you need, and where to get it.
Tip: Always incorporate new products into your grocery list, it will make you excited about creating new dishes!
How to meal prep away from home?
there's always a way!
- Bring two Tupperware containers for packing a meal on the go.
- Stay somewhere there's a kitchen available for use, or at least a fridge to store items.
- Make sure the food you pack for the day, can last without a fridge. (no dairy)
- Access to the right utensils. Let’s be honest you're never going to want to cook in a kitchen that doesn't feel comfortable. Make sure you're set up for success with the right cooking equipment. A sharp cutting knife is key.
Tip: If staying on track with your budget and diet is important to you, always book somewhere abroad with a kitchen, it's just easier that way.
No prep? Don't worry...
Snacks, snacks and more snacks! 🙂
For convenience purposes, I chose snacks you can find at most stores.
- Handful of almonds, peanuts, cashews; try sticking to plain roasted or Cajun. Serving size 160-200 calories per 1/3 cup
- Light non-buttered popcorn; serving size 200 calories per 2-3 cups
- Handful of Pumpkin seeds; serving size 160 calories per 1/4 cup
- Light crackers; serving size 140 calories per 13-15 crackers
- Coconut chips. Stick to the low sugar flavors. 110 calories per 1/2 cup
- Natural protein bars containing less than 12g of sugar. Serving size 200-250 calories per bar
Tip: Minimize the calorie content in meals when you're dining out by requesting any sauce in the dish on the side, and ask for your vegetables to be steamed not fried.
& remember being healthy and feeling happy, go hand in hand.