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08 December 2012

Meal Prep

Meal preparation is crucial if you want to live a healthy lifestyle. I love eating clean and being prepared. Prepping my food ahead of time leaves no excuses to eating unhealthy processed foods. If healthy food is there, I won't eat the junk.

I prep my meals for 3-4 days in advance or I'll prep for the entire week. Just depends on my mood at the time.

I separate my meals in containers or small sandwich baggies. I'm a stay home mom so when it's time for me to eat, I take my meal out of the fridge, pop it right in the microwave and within minutes my meal is ready. If I am out and about during the day, I'll put my meals in a cooler and take it with me.

"If you fail to prepare, you prepare to fail".

You may be thinking that preparing your meals for the week will take a lot of time and that it sounds complicating, but it's not that bad. Once you get accustomed to it, it's actually very simple. I don't have a lot of time to cook so my meals tend to be pretty basic. The food I cooked in the picture above, only took about two hours to make. Much of that time is oven time in which I can get other chores done at the same time, (i.e. cleaning).

Here's a step by step process of how I meal prep:

1- Plan meals for the week. I keep a copy on the fridge, just in case I forget to prep. My meal plan will keep me on track. Therefor NO EXCUSES!

2- Grocery Shopping. I write everything down on a list and take with me to the store. I shop mostly on the perimeter of the store because that is where all the whole unprocessed foods are located. The isles have mostly all junk.

Time to prep:

3- Wash & measure meats. I cut my meats in to 3 or 4 oz pieces.

4- Wash veggies

5- Line a baking sheet with foil, put the meats on the baking sheet and throw in oven. (Of course add a little olive oil and seasonings)

6- Veggies also get tossed in the oven on another baking sheet.

7- Same thing with my sweet potatoes, throw in the oven on a baking sheet.

8- Hard boil eggs. When finished peel shells off and put 4-5 eggs in a small zip-lock back in fridge.

9- Divide almonds (measured at 1oz each) into sandwich baggies

10- Once food is cool, divide meat, veggies, and sweet potatoes in containers.

That's it!


  1. Great post!
    I definitely need to be more consistent in my planning. When I plan it out, it always ends up being a healthier week!

  2. I don't meal plan exactly but I do pack my lunch every day and prepare it the night before. And since I am a single girl, when I cook, I always make enough for two so that I have dinner already ready for me to eat the next night. Good job on meal prepping & planning. I definitely need to get better at that!

  3. Great ideas here! I take this approach for my family, but make 2 or 3 dinners at a time and then freeze them. All your eats look so healthy!