The concept of meal prepping has become very popular! The problem is that many people are confused about what meal prepping means, why it is a worth while practice, and how to make it a simple process. Allow us to provide a bit of insight!

*Meal prepping is something that you can do as often or as infrequently as you wish. Whether you prepare food each day, 2 or 3 times per week, or once a month, the concept remains the same. How often you meal prep should be determined by your schedule and your need or your preference for food that is quickly accessible and ready to eat.

*Regardless of how often you meal prep, you do NOT have to prepare every single food item that you plan to consume. Prepare the most time consuming items such as protein sources, or other foods that generally take longer to prepare. Instead of cooking 1 chicken breast, prepare 5. Instead of preparing 1 cup of brown rice, prepare several cups. It takes the same amount of time to prepare and saves you the time and the hassle of having to repeat the process again and again.

*When thinking about flavor, consider a base combination of seasonings, herbs, and/or spices that you can use so that if you do not have time to make any additional preparations when reheating your prepped food items, at least you will know that there will still be some flavor to them. My go to combinations include different mixtures of sea salt, black pepper, garlic powder, turmeric, cumin, paprika, rosemary, thyme, parsley, and basil. Play around with it and experiment some. You will probably surprise yourself…pleasantly.

*Formulate a quick game plan ahead of time. I am a huge fan of preparing food in the oven. Although foods vary in their cooking times and temperatures, if you implement a quick google search of “oven temperatures and cooking time conversions” you can determine how to most efficiently prepare your foods.

*Eat what you store, before you cook more. Wasting food is one of the most inconsiderate things that we can do. In an effort to minimize waste, start by prepping for one or two days or even for just a couple of meals. As you gain a better understanding of how much food you need to prepare, you can gradually increase the timeline for which you are prepping.

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