Beginner’s Guide to Meal Prep

How to guide meal preparation

Meal prep is the method of planning and preparing your meals for the week in advance. Meal prep is very beneficial for those of us who start the week with good intentions, but as our schedules get busier, healthy eating no longer becomes a priority. Meal prep saves you time during the week, since you can do all your grocery shopping and prepping in one day, and simply reheat your meals throughout the week. The method also saves you money and reduces food waste, and can save you calories since you won’t be snacking as much.

Here are some tips to get started:

Choose your method:

The most popular meal preparation methods are:

  • Prepare your meals in advance: Cook full meals ahead of time and reheat them when needed. This can be beneficial for dinner parties.

  • Batch cooking: Prepare large batches of a specific recipe, then freeze them to reheat and eat over the next few months.

Choosing the right method for your schedule is essential for your meal prep success. If you want to make your morning routine more efficient, you can opt for the pre-prepared breakfast. However, if you tend to be busy at night, batch prepared dinners may work best for you.

Other tips for success:

  • Stick to a schedule: Create a routine where you shop and prepare your meals at the same time each week. This will help you stay consistent and successful.

  • Make a shopping list: To save time at the grocery store, create a detailed list of all the ingredients you will need for the following week. It will also avoid the purchase of unnecessary groceries.

  • Choose versatile ingredients. Choosing ingredients that can be incorporated into multiple meals will help. For example, a roast chicken can be an appetizer, added to a soup, or turned into tacos!

Meal prepping can be very beneficial for many people, and you can even create delicious recipes!

Have you ever tried cooking meals? Let us know by emailing us at healthy.unh@unh.edu!

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