Why Should you take Meal Prepping Seriously
Updated: Dec 9, 2019
What is Meal Prepping?
Meal Prepping is the act of preparing meals to sustain you through the Apocalypse! No wait, I don’t think that’s right. Hold on… Okay, sorry, I got it now.
Meal Prepping is simply preparing some, or all of your meals ahead of time. It’s like having those TV dinners that you would purchase from the store, except that you prepare them yourself, with better, healthier and unprocessed ingredients.
Not only does it save you time, but it also helps to ensure you eat healthier foods more often with the proper portions, instead of reaching for quick processed and prepackaged snacks or meals that go over your caloric needs.
HOW TO GET STARTED
PICK A DAY
I Personally love Sundays and think it's a great time to prep your meals but it may be the busiest time for you, maybe you work or its the only day you have to rest and cooking doesn't seem ideal... So what's you have to do is: PICK A TIME AND DAY THAT WORKS FOR YOU AND HAVE MINIMAL DISTRACTIONS
More experienced meal preppers seem to like Sunday and Wednesday as their chosen days to cook and prepare meals for the week. Using these two days allows them to split up the week’s prepping into two days.
In the beginning though, you don’t want to prepare meals for the whole week. You want to start off with no more than three meals. (SO YOU DON'T GET BORED AND QUIT)
PICK THE MEALS
There are three meals that you eat throughout the the day: Breakfast, lunch and Dinner. As you prepare your meal for the day:
1. Think of what you like and when you like it and how you like it. 2. Research or analyze what your body likes (What's Healthy for you 3. Find the Intersection between what you like and what's Healthy for you.
If you are preparing for a family, then prepping your dinner meals seems to be where you would get the most from your efforts. However, if you are single, or cooking for one or two people, then you may want to try to prepare breakfast or lunch meals first.If you are preparing for a family, then prepping your dinner meals seems to be where you would get the most from your efforts. However, if you are single, or cooking for one or two people, then you may want to try to prepare breakfast or lunch meals first. DECIDE WHAT RECIPES TO COOK Now it's time to pick the food! This is where most people get stuck at. "Well, I don't know what what to eat, I don't know what healthy foods I can switch out to meet what I Like and what's healthy"Here's My Answer: TRY HARDER
I need you to pretend that you've just graduated as a gourmet chef now entering a cooking competition every Sunday, You have the fundamentals of cooking but you don't have the blueprint for every meal... So now every week you go online and GOOGLE "recipes" you try one out and add your touch to it. Next week, you do the same thing. Next week, same thing. Now what? Within a year, you've learned 52 new recipes. ALL BECAUSE YOU TRIED HARDER.
"It doesn't matter how you put together the food, just put together the right, healthy foods."
Ultimately, the choice is yours. You just want to think about it a little before you get started.
After that, you want to decide on the recipes you are going to prepare.
You might not want to cook the same recipe for all three meals, although you can. But if you choose to prepare three dinner meals for your family, and they are all the same recipe, you might have a bit of a fight on your hands.
When choosing the recipes, think about how you want to balance the meals.
For example, if you are trying to maintain specific macronutrient goals (proteins, fats, carbs) each day, that should factor into what recipes you choose. Knowing how each macronutrient converts into calories will also help provide more accurate information:
1g of Protein = 4 Calories 1g of Carbohydrates = 4 Calories 1g of Fat = 9 Calories
PORTION SIZING AND CHOOSING YOUR CONTAINER RIGHT NOW, YOU MAY SAY:
"I EAT RIGHT, I EAT VEGGIES, BUT IT DOESN'T WORK FOR ME." Here's My Answer: EAT LESS
Large portion sizes have became integrated in our culture, we have been programmed to want eat more and when we don't have more, we feel cheated. We have been psychologically tricked that more is better, but more is not always better.
THE RIGHT AMOUNT IS THE BEST AMOUNT
WHAT IS THE RIGHT AMOUNT? An Inactive woman should have between 1600-1800 Calories a day and the active man should have 2400 -2800 Calories Daily. You don't want to reach your calorie requirement with one meal, lets split between meals, so you are going to incorporate this:
1 1/2 - 2 cups of fruit and 2 1/2 - 3 1/2 cups of vegetables
5-8 ounces of grain, 1/2 from whole grains
3 cups of nonfat or low-fat dairy foods
5-6 1/2 ounces of protein (meat, beans, and seafood) each day
No more than 5-7 teaspoons of oils, mostly from plants, fish, and nuts
121 calories from solid fats and added sugars
You want containers that are:
NOW YOU KNOW WHAT TO DO, IT'S TIME TO DO. "It sounds good, But Ain't Nobody Got Time For That." Don't let that be your mindset, recognize that the easy thing to do is the right thing to do. The common thing you hear people say who succeed in taking control of their health is probably true. It's time to believe that if
IF YOU DO WHAT IS REQUIRED, YOU WILL OBTAIN WHAT YOU DESIRE.
THIS WEEK FEATURED RECIPE
Roasted Garlic Brussel Sprouts
Directions: Heat 2 tablespoons olive oil in a small skillet over medium heat; add 2 chopped garlic cloves and 1/2 teaspoon each cumin seeds and kosher salt and cook 2 minutes. Stir in 1 tablespoon brown sugar, the juice of 1/2 lemon and a pinch of red pepper flakes. Toss with 1 1/4 pounds halved Brussels sprouts on a baking sheet. Roast at 450 degrees F until tender, 18 to 24 minutes. Toss with torn cilantro.