“Failing to prepare is preparing to fail”
It may sound harsh, but this statement could not be any more true. Whether you are a mum, a dad, a student or a full-time worker it can be extremely difficult (and sometimes IMPOSSIBLE!) to stick to a healthy eating regime everyday. We all have those days where we tuck into a microwave meal because it’s “easy”… but the truth is, on those days we are just being LAZY!
With the help of our Prepped & Packed meal management bags, there really is no excuse! You can store your prepped meals for the day in one place AND you can carry them around with ease! Okay… so maybe that does make us a little lazy? Your hard work in the kitchen on a quiet Sunday afternoon will really pay off and trust us, you will feel so much better for it! You will find that you won’t cave in and grab a chocolate bar from the shop or a sarnie from the café because there really will be no need as your meals will literally be at your fingertips.
When it comes to meal prepping, you really must find a routine which suits you. It doesn’t matter what someone tells you to do, prepping at your own digression in your own time will bring out the best results. You may just start by preparing your breakfasts, lunches OR dinners, but we know that this process is trial and error. If you know you are able to rise early enough in the morning and can make breakfast or if you are home in time for dinner then why not just prep your daily lunches and snacks? Don’t completely neglect your kitchen!
“Abs are made in the kitchen”
Whether you are going all out and want those glutes and abs or whether you just want to have a healthier lifestyle, the following information applies to all of you. By now, you will know which foods you like and which foods you don’t like. Just because your gym buddy is tucking into cashews every 2 hours it doesn’t mean you have to too. There is always an alternative.
Stock up your cupboards and your fridge with food that you are going to enjoy – remember, this is meant to be enjoyable! If you make this process gruelling then chances are you won’t be sticking to it for very long and you will fail before you have even begun!
There are hundreds (and yes, we mean HUNDREDS) of books and websites which tell you what you should or shouldn’t eat. Seek advice from a PT, a nutritionist or have a read through our blogs and write up a plan of the things you WANT to eat. If you don’t like broccoli, then have asparagus.. if you don’t like asparagus, then have spinach! The possibilities and combinations are endless.
“A goal without a plan is just a wish”
So lets get this plan in action! First thing is first, you NEED to invest is some good quality food containers. We sell airtight clip containers here which fit perfectly into our meal management bags. Keep in mind that if you are going to be reheating your food in these you want to choose ones that are BPA free and won’t fall apart in the microwave/oven. If you are going to be prepping for a few days in a row, it can be a good idea to buy containers that are the same sizes so they can be easily stacked and you aren’t playing tetris in your fridge. We sell our containers in bundles of 3, 6 or 9. Who doesn’t love a matching set?!
Before you go full steam ahead and start your meal prep, the plan is essential. By all means, go ahead and prep 24 dishes in one go but we advise that you take your time and get used to it especially if you are a newbie. Like we said before, you don’t want to associate meal prep with slugging away in a hot kitchen all afternoon so don’t overwhelm yourself! It is also a good idea to use recipes that can be prepared in advance and won’t spoil (for the most part). For example, overnight oats are a great breakfast recipe that can sit in your fridge for a few days. We have created a recipe book which includes everything from protein pancakes to burgers, as well as some super delicious desserts! Download it for free here, you can even have it on your phone for when you are on the go!
“Not having time is just a matter of priorities”
There are so many ways of prepping food. Fitness gurus preach left, right and centre that THEIR way is the best way – FALSE. You will fall on your feet and find the best way out for yourselves. The Prepped & Packed team have said that taste is one of the most important factors to consider when prepping. We love adding that extra bit of zing to enhance flavours and textures. Again, take a look in our book for some tips!
If you believe that there is nothing quite like a take-away on a Saturday night then think again. Go to the supermarket and grab yourselves fresh herbs and spices and get experimenting! Have some fun with it and get the family involved for the feast! Putting your lean proteins with a spicy coating or a nutty crust is honestly a match made in heaven! Why not drizzle homemade lemon and coconut dressing over your veggies? Try to incorporate as much variety as you can so that you don’t get bored.
If you are new to the meal prep concept, then as we said before we recommend breaking into it gradually. Try prepping just a few days in advance to begin with. Whether you choose to do all of your meal prep on a Sunday afternoon or you would rather spread it out nightly, it is entirely up to you.
Of course, you NEED to consider what you are actually preparing. There is absolutely no point in preparing the next 4 days lunches of white fish and veg if the fish goes out of date in 2 days time. We also recommend grouping the prepped foods together. Put all of your steamed broccoli into Container 1, put all of the mixed nuts into Container 2, put all of your herb crusted chicken breasts into Container 3 and so on… Preparing food in this way will eliminate contamination, it will stop harder food from going soft and soggy and it will also intensify the flavours of each element. Perfecto!
“Daily improvements are the key to long-term results”
Let’s get cooking! Although, just because you’re meal prepping it doesn’t mean you have to cook everything all in one go. Take 6 chicken breasts for example, marinade them in your favourite spices, cook 2, refrigerate 2 and freeze 2. This puts you ahead of the game and in a cycle. Every time you finish your cooked portions you can bring the chicken forward and replace the 2 in the freezer. SIMPLES!
You will have probably found that going over to Nan’s for a roast is lovely apart from those dreaded veggies! The vegetables which she cooked the night before to save her time on the big day. Limp, soggy, weak, mushy, bland and discoloured – sorry Nan, but it’s true! This is the result of cooking far too in advance. There really is no need to crucify your veg as it takes just 15 minutes maximum in the morning to do! By all means divide the veg into portions though.
So, there we have it! This is our guide to why we believe Prepping & Packing is so important. We hope this has given you more of an insight to the Do’s and Don’ts, but remember you are the one who will endure the process so don’t be scared to put your own little spin on it!