As mothers, we in nature are very busy. We do everything. Even if we have spouses, we tend to do more than our counterparts. We love to choose easy options to save on the time we lack so much of. In this case, it’s about food. If you’re a working mom, I’m sure take out is your friend. Stay at home moms are just as busy too but they have the home advantage at meal choices because they’re at home. Meal prepping is a way for all moms to make healthier food choices.
A lot of people ask me how I lost weight after having my daughter. If you knew me then, I was very fluffy. I say fluffy instead of fat because it’s nicer. I lost 60 lbs and kept it off for almost 3 years now. Meal prepping is a big reason why I’ve been able to keep it off. Exercise definitely helped too however, changing my eating habits is what really brought my weight down. Meal prepping isn’t a diet, it’s more like a lifestyle.
What is meal prepping? Meal prepping is the act of making your meals in advance so that you cut the chance of choosing a less than healthy meal. This helped me so much at work and school because of how easy it is to eat out. It’s not all about salads and veggies but more of eating home cooked food that is normally less processed than the fast food options. One of my favorite things with meal prepping is that you can have fun with it. There are tons of meal prep recipes that taste so good, you’ll forget your making healthier choices. One of my favorites is baked chicken, potatoes, and green beans covered in ranch or Italian seasoning. Green smoothies are easy to prep, chop and freeze to have a healthy treat ready to go. You also save money by meal prepping because you cut the extra spending you normally would do with eating out.
With good comes bad of course. Meal prepping takes time. Even though it takes time, it’s completely worth it. It feels so good to see the healthy food you made for yourself and your family. Plus you know that the guess work is out of breakfast, lunch, and dinner is done for a few days. Another downfall is picky eaters who don’t like leftovers. This was a challenge at first with my daughter because she wasn’t feeling the same meal for 2 to 3 days. If you do have picky eaters be prepared to keep their favorites close by. Here are a few tips for meal prepping.
- Make a list before grocery shopping and plan your meals- This saves a lot of time. You know what you need and how much. You also know what you’re going to make.
- Buy durable Tupperware (glass or BPA free plastic)- You’re going to need a few to make sure you have enough for a few days at a time.
- Start with 1 simple meal at a time- I often do all 3 meals of the day because i’m used to it. It can get overwhelming in the beginning so take it easy. I’ve learned if things are overwhelming we generally stop doing them before we see the results.
If you’re looking for ways to add healthy choices in your diet, here’s a little crash course on meal prepping. Google has tons of recipes and tips to begin with. Before you know it, you’ll be a meal prepping champ and your body will thank you. Save money and eat healthier by making your food in advance. If you or someone you know needs a little boost on their health journey, here’s a great place to start! You can start making a healthy grocery list today for the next time you go. Comment some of your experiences or recipes and share for your loved ones. Don’t forget to like our Facebook page for more updates!
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