A Beginner’s Guide to a Painless Meal-Prep
Too often I find myself spending $15-20 on fast-food for breakfast, lunch, and dinner during my workday. Working two jobs on the daily and being a terrible cook – I am simply too tired (and lazy) to grocery shop, cook, or even pack a granola bar in my bag the night before.
A few weeks ago, after complaining about the poor (and very few) food choices I had available to choose from, a coworker suggested that I start meal-prepping. Immediately, I thought to myself “ain’t nobody got time for that!” It just seemed like a long and tedious process, not to mention how scary it was because as I mentioned above, I am NOT a good cook.
We continued talking and her and I got into the benefits of meal-prep and talked about just how easy it was. It gives me the option to make healthier food choices, and for the first time in years, I would be in full control of what I consume. Its also a HUGE time saver! With a hectic work schedule (almost 80 hours a week) on top of school, having food that is ready to “grab and go” is major! Not to mention its a huge money saver. Instead of spending $15-20 food everyday, I spend $30 on food a week (and sometimes that food carries over into a new week… can you say Cha-Ching!) Although I hated cooking (and still do), I was instantly intrigued at the mere idea of being able to save money and eat healthier.
Initially, I was overwhelmed at the idea of having to cook/prepare meals on my own. After researching for hours, I found recipes that were easy and doable for cooking rookies like me. Now, I find the process less terrifying and more fun!
If you’re like me and you know that “cook’n’ ain’t easy,” and you’re looking to save money AND calories – keep reading for
3 Tips to #ReinVENT your Meal-Prep Routine.
Create a Pinterest:
Creating a Pinterest was the best thing I have ever done to enhance my kitchen skills. Don’t know what food to prep for your week? Type in the search bar: “Easy Meal-Prep Ideas”. Here you’ll find millions of recipes for cooking beginners that are cost effective, nutritious, and easy to make.
Don’t select meals that require prep before you head out the door. When shopping for your meals, choose foods that can be easily stored in a fridge or freezer to keep them fresh and ready to grab ‘n’ go.
Mix it up:
There is nothing I hate more than eating the same meal five days in a row. When grocery shopping, select foods that are versatile and enable you to make two or three different meals to choose from during your week. This stops your from being bored with those same ole’ food choices, giving you something new to look forward to!
Meal-prepping doesn’t only offer you the opportunity to eat healthier than you normally would, but it also helps you save the money that you would typically spend on fast food and snacks throughout the work/school day (and week). The next time you’re on the hunt to #ReinVENTyourself, remember these tips to guide you through a painless and easy meal-prep.
Written by: Victoria Smith, Marketing Support Intern
Edited by: Jermaine Wright, Marketing and Promotions Manager
How do you Meal Prep? Let us know in the comments below!