If you’re on a busy schedule, you might have some trouble finding time to eat when you need to. Or, you might find yourself often ordering takeout or snacking because you simply don’t have time to cook a healthy, filling meal. Maybe you’ve thought about trying to prep your meals for the week during your free time, but haven’t quite gotten the method down. Here are some basic tips to get you started.
Prep the Basics Separately
It’s a good idea to prep the different parts of your meal separately—carbs, protein, fruits and veggies. That way, you can mix and match if you feel like, and if one thing goes bad you still have all the materials you need for a whole meal. For example, you might prep a big batch of rice, some steamed broccoli and roasted cauliflower, some chopped melon and apples, and some beans and grilled chicken for protein. Then you can have the beans on rice or toast, the chicken with the broccoli or the cauliflower, and you have different fruits to choose from too.
Prep Snacks Too
In addition to meals, you’ll want to prep your snacks in advance as well. That way when you get snacky, you’ll having something fresh and/or something healthy and homemade on hand, so you won’t be as quick to reach for the bag of chips or cookies.