Importance of Meal Prepping

One thing I’ve noticed is that when I am not eating the way I should be eating, no matter how hard or how much I work out…I don’t lose any weight. While in school it was very hard to get myself to eat healthy or to even eat regularly, being a working adult, I can also see running into this problem. This made it very important for me to properly plan out my week with what food I would be eating, including breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Being that I live alone I go grocery shopping every week and buy only what I need for that week, especially because I buy a lot of fresh fruits and vegetables. I started following different Instagram accounts and pinning things on pinterest that talked about “meal prepping” so I could get a better understanding of what to do and what not to do. After all, meal prepping a bunch of foods that aren’t very good for you doesn’t help you at all. I looked into what food groups you needed to eat and what you could go without and I also was aware of what budget I wanted to stay in, fresh food is definitely costly but worth it.

Two of my favorite and very simple meal prepping meals are :

1. Baked chicken, broccoli, and roasted potatoes.
2. Homemade turkey burgers, sweet potato fries and string beans.

The most important thing is to have a balanced meal and to watch your portions. Also be sure to make enough food for the whole week! Some weeks I’ll do salmon for the beginning of the week and do chicken for the end!

For breakfast I’ll do different things such as oatmeal, whole grain cereal or turkey bacon and two scrambled eggs. If I do ever eat bread it is whole grain!

For snacks, I’ll have peanut butter with either a rice cake, apple, crackers, or celery stick. I’ll also do greek yogurt some days! For those with a sweet tooth I’ve found that freezing grapes is a good way to avoid eating candy!

These are just some examples of the meals that I have, I don’t mind eating the same thing over and over again but I know that a lot of people can’t do that without getting bored!

A good piece of advice that I’ve gotten was to remember why you are eating, because you are actually hungry and need to give your body nutrients/energy….not because you are bored or because something tastes good, or even if you are just craving sweets! Eat with a purpose and eat smart.

Some of the IG pages that I follow are @Meal @fitnessdishes @gymexcercises and @6packexercises !

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