New Years Nutrition Tips from Mad Fitness
How-To: A Beginners Guide to Meal Prepping
New Year, New You! Does that sound easier than it really is? The first few weeks of the new year often include a lot of new and exciting goals, elevated motivation, and a surplus of determination all at once. You are hitting the gym everyday, drinking lots of water, and eating more healthfully than ever before! However, we all know that the longevity of this new-found work ethic is often short lived. The first area where people tend to stray from is the foods they are eating. Want to avoid the burnout into 2018? Check out these helpful tips about meal prepping.
1. Stick to a schedule
Life is easier whenyou plan ahead! You don’t need to spend your entire day worrying about what you will be eating the next week – create a schedule that is a easy to work with. Pick a day or days of the week when you go shopping. These shopping days can coincide with your meal prepping days or you can meal prep on a separate day. Sticking to a set schedule will simply the meal-prep process. Once you commit yourself to this routine, it will eventually become second-nature.
2. Keep it simple
Gourmet meals might make your mouth water, but they are unrealistic for someone seeking to prep healthful meals for a busy week. Stick to the basics: rice, russet or sweet potatoes, fresh and frozen veggies, fruits, low-fat dairy products, and lean meats. Save the decadent meals for days when you have time to prepare a meal you can eat immediately; typically, the more extravagant the meal, the more likely it is to not taste as good days later.
3. Shop the perimeter of the grocery store
While making your trips to the grocery store, be sure to get a majority of your items from the perimeter of the store. These areas are usually where more of the fresh foods and produce are. While perishable, these foods are typically higher in nutrients and less processed. Skip the aisles filled with shelves of over-processed, non-perishable foods.
4. Stock up on quality Tupperware and food containers
Because you will be packing your meals ahead of time, it is a good idea to invest in some good Tupperware. There aren’t any special requirements for these, so don’t feel like you have to spend a pretty penny! There are plenty of brands that have air-tight containers; I recommend looking at a store such as TJ Maxx, Marshalls, Ross, or other stores that have household items sold at a discount price.
5. The spice of life
Don’t be afraid to spice it up! Using fresh or dried spices can make a “boring” meal taste delicious! There are even some low-sodium or sodium-free options. Check out Mrs. Dash seasonings; they offer a wide variety of flavors and they are salt and MSG free. Try adding chili powder, garlic salt, oregano, and so much more! The possibilities are endless.