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In order to achieve your fitness goals, you have to cook for yourself. Cooking for yourself makes you stay on track and eat healthy. The only drawback is that most of us do not have the sufficient time to cook.
And here you can find the scope of the article – Meal prep, which is the process of preparing your meals previously to cover up some of the coming days. Meal prep prevents you from eating unhealthy or junk food just because you are hungry and you are outdoors all day long, so you basically get your lunch box out and have your healthy dinner.
Here are the steps you need to meal prep properly:
1. Determine your goals
You have to decide why are you meal prepping based on your physique goals and finance. This will make you more decisive about what to cook.
2. Fix a meal prepping day
Fix a day based on your schedule where you can cook and prepare your meals for a week ahead. Eventually this manner will be a habit.
3. Choose the right time and meals for prepping
Take it a step by step and do not rush the meal prepping process. For instance, start prepping for three days only instead for the whole week to know how it goes until you adjust your schedule. Eventually, you will know which meals to prepare according to your time, schedule, and goals. Also you have to know that snacks preparation is very easy and can be prepared any time during the day or night. If your schedule is a rotational shift, you can split the meal preparation into 2 or 3 times weekly, which will save you time also instead of preparing all meals in one day, so as we said, it depends on your schedule.
4. Pick the suitable recipes
After completing the prior steps of deciding the meals and time of preparation, you have to pick the recipes themselves. Do not wear the chef’s hat and start making some intricate recipes, just start with what you know and like so that you do not get bored easily and quit the plan. After mastering your scheduling and start feeling good about yourself, you can broaden your experience and add up some fancy and extra recipes. You can check some of the good recipes in the 7-day meal plan.
5. Find the perfect storage
You can use any storage material but you have to make sure that it is free of BPA. Also make sure that you can store them easily in the fridge.
6. List your needs
Based on your recipes, list the ingredients you need with the right quantities.
7. Do your shopping
Be strict and follow what you have written in your list and do not purchase any unwanted ingredients just because they look good. Make sure you compare between products and pick the best one based on your goals.
Check your recipes and enjoy preparing your healthy meals.