Healthy eating doesn’t need to be complicated but cooking up a fresh batch of food every day can be really time-consuming. That’s why so many people like meal prepping in one way or another. After all, who doesn’t love leftovers? Whether you’re taking your food to work or just want to save precious time in the evening, meal prepping once or twice a week can really help you stick to your healthy eating habits and even save you some money along the way.
When you take part in a regular activity such as a gym training routine, it is important to have an appropriate diet in order to achieve the best results. Food is essential for recovery and fueling your workouts and many gym-goers often spend quite a bit of time figuring out their nutritional requirements. Especially for the time pressed or those that struggle to fit in enough food, cooking in advance helps you get in the right range of nutrients for your goals and body.
It is much faster and easier to make a large meal for 3 or 4 days than to make a small meal or snack each time when you take it. Take 2 hours of your Sunday to make all your meal of your week so that you can then spend more time relaxing or go about your activities.
Many more choices
Cooking in huge quantity doesn’t mean you have to cook the same meal for the whole week. If you don’t want to make 5 different recipes from scratch in one day try ingredient prepping instead. Try to prepare a few large batches of meat and vegetables that can be used in various ways throughout the week to have varied and balanced meals. Say goodbye to those simple and tasteless sandwich for lunch and eat your delicious meal prep. Think also of adding a variety of spices into your recipes so you never get bored. Try new mixes, be creative and have fun when you cook.
Keep track of your goals
Thanks to your meal prep, you know exactly what you eating and you can adapt your meal depending on your goals. You are not losing enough weight? Slightly reduce your quantities. Are you gaining weight too quickly? Lower your quantities too. On the contrary, you lose too quickly or don’t gain enough weight? Increase your quantities. You don’t have to count calories or macros to do this, just keep an eye on your body and energy levels throughout the week.
Think about some of your favourite meals, do they keep well? Can they be reheated? You can probably pre-cook most of your go to dishes, and even stock up your freezer with a few extra portions. For some more inspiration check out our recipe page on AF Connect Online.
Think about an easy and delicious meal that you can prepare in advance:
– Chili Con Carne
– Spaghetti bolognese
– Lentil dhal
Or just cook a big quantity of rice, pasta, vegetables, chicken or potatoes and associate them as you wish to create your perfect meal.