Meal Prepping For One
While Meaningfull Foods can keep your fridge full all week, there may be times when you do have to meal prep for yourself. If you are responsible for only yourself for meal times, it can feel like a lot of work. Here are 5 tips and tricks to make it less challenging.
#1 Have a plan.
Spend some time planning beforehand. While meal-prepping for one can be a challenge, with a bit of forethought it can be fast and efficient. Write out a list of what you’re going to eat each day. Check the pantry and fridge for what you already have, and then head to the store. Stick to your list and don’t get distracted.
#2 Try a “buffet prep” style plan.
Pick 6 items for the week to prepare all on one day. Try 2 proteins, 2 veggies and 2 grains. After cooking, store all of your prepped foods individually so you can mix them in exciting (and different) combinations every night. My favorite combo is chicken, shrimp, kale, broccoli, quinoa and sweet potatoes.
#3 Find a friend to swap with.
Find someone dedicated to healthy living who eats similarly to you. Make a plan to swap meals with extra servings each week. This will let you try new dishes and cut your cooking time in half.
#4 Still too many leftovers?
Package meals into freezer-safe containers and pop them into the freezer for next week, or when you are unexpectedly without a plan. Don’t forget to label them so you know what you’re eating and how long it’s been there.
#5 Make it fun!
Put on your favorite Spotify playlist, play an audiobook or turn on your favorite podcast to keep you company. If you look forward to cooking, you’ll make time for it. And remember…making sure you are well nourished all week is an act of self love.
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Niki CarrMeaningfull Foods Intern