Here's How to Make Healthy Meal Prep Easier and Tastier
Find out the tricks to make healthy meal prep more exciting!
Meal prepping doesn’t have to be a chore or a bore. With a little bit of planning and creativity, you can whip up delicious and nutritious meals in no time. By using similar ingredients, taking advantage of leftovers, meal prepping ahead of time, using healthy convenience foods, spicing it up and getting creative with meal assembly, you can make healthy meal prep easier and tastier!
1. Choose recipes that use similar ingredients
Planning healthy meal prep in advance can save a lot of time and energy, but it can be difficult to come up with recipes that don’t require buying all new ingredients each time. To make meal prepping easier, look for recipes that share common ingredients so you only have to buy them once for multiple different dishes.
2. Make use of leftovers
Using leftovers is a great way to cut down on food waste, as well as the amount of cooking time you need to dedicate to your healthy meal prep. Incorporate leftovers into lunch bowls, salads or other meals throughout the week. Add your favourite sauces and toppings to elevate your healthy meal prep for the week. A great way to reuse the rice you have in your fridge is to heat up a frying pan, add a bit of olive oil and make yourself a fried rice dish! Add a fried egg, low sodium soy sauce, and some frozen veggies that you have in your freezer and you have yourself a great side dish for your healthy meal prep!
3. Meal prep ahead of time
Dedicate some time during the weekend or earlier in the week to chopping veggies and making sauces so they’re ready when you need them during the week. Some great examples are cutting some carrots, broccoli, and bell peppers to easily make yourself a quick stirfry, or roasted veggies for a fajita bowl. Make sure the sauces you prep ahead of time are shelf stable and can sit in your fridge for 1-2 weeks before they go bad. This will help make meal assembly much faster and prevent you from ordering takeout due to lack of preparation.
4. Use healthy convenience foods
If you don’t have time to prep your own ingredients, look for healthier convenience foods like pre-chopped vegetables, canned legumes or frozen fruits and vegetables. Having these ingredients on hand will give you no excuse but to use them. Quickly add frozen peas to your pasta dish, or mix up a pre cut salad to add to your plate of chicken and potatoes. This will make meal prep go more quickly and give your meals an extra boost of nutrition. Just be sure to watch out for added sugars and sodium in pre-made products!
5. Spice it up
Adding spices and herbs to your meals can instantly transform them from bland and boring into something flavorful without having to spend additional time or effort on cooking techniques like braising or marinating meats. Have some extra cooked chicken in the fridge? Add some taco seasoning to your chicken and whip up a taco bowl with rice and fresh veggies in no time. Having sauces on hand will also elevate your meal prep so you’re not bored with what you are eating.
6. Use a meal prep service
If you are someone who isn’t a huge fan of cooking, or you are needing some more time during the week, consider using a healthy meal prep service! These businesses are designed to cook and deliver healthy meals when you're in a pinch for time. Nutrimeals is a Calgary based meal prep company that is eager to help you with your meal prep. Click here to choose from a variety of meals that are both healthy and tasty!
Snacks on snacks on snacks
Having healthy snacks on hand is essential for preventing hunger-driven binges or cravings for unhealthy foods. While snacking is a great way to tide you over until your next meal, snacking can sometimes get out of hand and turn into eating the same amount as you would with a whole meal! Keep a stash of pre-portioned nuts, seeds and dried fruits in your pantry so you’re always prepared when hunger strikes.
Healthy meal prep can be an overwhelming and time-consuming task, but it doesn’t have to be. By following the tips outlined above, you can make healthy meal prep easier and tastier. If you are someone who doesn't like to cook, or you don't have enough time to cook regularly, using a healthy meal delivery service like Nutrimeals is a great way to get nourishing meals without having to cook or shop for ingredients. Nutrimeals is a Calgary based healthy meal prep company that specializes in offering balanced, fresh, ready to eat meals for those who are always on the go! Say goodbye to pizza or takeout 3-4x per week. Swap the takeout for Nutrimeals and get your meals for the week delivered right to your door. Get started today and save yourself time, money and stress! View Nutrimeals subscription boxes here and find the best one for you!