Simple Meal Prep For Weight Loss
For those trying to lose weight, changing eating habits is one of the hardest parts. Meal prep is a good way to keep yourself on track. If you stay at home during the day, like me, or you work away from home I have healthy, delicious meal prep tips and tricks to help you meet your weight loss goals. I am all about making things easier, so I will show you some simple meal prep for weight loss. One of the main reasons I believe people choose unhealthy food is because it’s easier to grab a cheeseburger than it is to make a salad. Planning these things ahead of time makes healthy choices just as simple.
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Simple Meal Prep For Weight Loss
Meal prepping is all about making things easier on yourself. First, decide what meals and snacks you want to make for the week. Do you need breakfast, lunches and dinners prepped? Or maybe you just need breakfast and lunch, either way you need to plan these meals out in advance. Use my meal plan worksheet below to help you out. You will need meal prep containers, they are super affordable and can be reused over and over again. Get yours here.
When you are deciding what to make for the week, be sure that you are choosing healthy things. Meal prepping is supposed to help you stay on track and if you aren’t choosing the right meals it will not help.
Choose lean meats, vegetables, good carbs, and good fats. Not sure what choices you should make? I have made a handy printable of my favorite things from each of these categories. Get yours below. Now this doesn’t mean that you can’t have other foods that you enjoy. It’s about balance. Eat healthy and clean most of the time and have that brownie or fries occasionally. Restricting yourself too much will only hurt you in the long run. You want to make this a healthy life style change, not just a quick weight loss.
After you have decided what you are going to make for the week it’s time to go shopping. I have heard people say they don’t like vegetables or healthy food and I GASP! Eating healthy can taste great. You have to learn how to cook things properly and with FLAVOR.
Tip: Roast your vegetables with olive oil and garlic, or another seasoning blend. This is my favorite way to eat vegetables, so delicious.
Pick the day of the week that you will prep your meals, I like to do this on Sunday. Meal prepping takes a few hours but then you have all your food for the week and can make healthy choices. There are 2 kitchen items I love when I am meal prepping, Sheet pans and my Crockpot. Sheet pans are a great way to cook your meats or vegetables in bulk. The Crockpot is great for meal prepping because it does the work for you!
After you have cooked your food, put it into the containers and you are ready to go! There are a few simple things I like to make for meal prep below.
Sweet potatoes: Peel and cube them, then throw them in the oven at 375 about 30 mins.
Quinoa or brown rice: Make this according to directions on the package. I usually use chicken broth instead of water. But you can use whatever you like.
Egg muffins: These are simple and delicious, like little omelettes. They are a mix of eggs, milk, and whatever meat, vegetables, cheeses, etc that you want to add in. Recipe here. Perfect for grab and go breakfasts.
Taco meat: This is my favorite thing to have made for the week. I throw this into all kinds of things. I use lean ground turkey with cumin, chili powder, paprika, garlic salt, and Mrs. Dash extra spicy seasoning. Healthy taco salads are my go to. I use kale, romaine, red onion, a little cheddar cheese, taco meat, plain Greek yogurt and guac. It is SO good. You could throw taco meat into an egg scramble or have taco lettuce cups.
Grilled chicken: Grilling chicken is my favorite way to prepare it. It keeps the inside so juicy and all the fats drip away. Grill chicken breast with whatever seasoning you like.
Salad mix: I keep chopped up romaine and kale in a gallon zip lock so that I have it ready to go.
Roasted vegetables: Whatever vegetables look good at the store that week, chop them up, place onto a sheet pan, drizzle extra virgin olive oil, and top with whatever seasoning you like. I prefer garlic.
Boiled eggs: The best way I have found to boil eggs is to start them in cold water, bring to roaring boil, remove from heat, cover for 12 minutes. Then take them out with spoon or tongs and crack them before putting them into an ice bath. This helps the shell come right off. It works perfectly.
These are just a few simple, healthy, and delicious things I like to meal prep. There are so many possibilities.
A Few Recipes
Here are some yummy recipes that would be perfect for meal prepping.
That’s all my simple meal prep for weight loss tips for now! Now get to preppin! 🙂
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