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Easy Meal Prep That Makes Sense

Groceries for Meal Prep Inspired Health and nutrition

Whether you're balancing a busy career, managing a family, or both, easy meal prep is your ally in navigating a hectic schedule while still maintaining weight loss.

It’s an effective way to balance weight loss, a busy schedule, and stay light on your wallet.

Why Meal Prep?

Saves Time 

Allocating a few hours to prepare meals for the week means less time cooking and cleaning daily. This bulk approach frees up evenings for relaxation and family time. 

Take a couple of hours on Sunday and make enough lunches or dinners to last you through Wednesday – and then repeat to eat meals through Sunday. 

It might feel time-consuming while you’re cooking, but you’ll be thankful when you can just reheat the next night’s dinner after a long day at work.

Reduces Stress 

Knowing your meals are planned and ready to go decreases daily decision fatigue about what to eat. 

Decision fatigue is that feeling when you are looking at your fridge not knowing what to eat, and because there’s nothing there you make an unhealthy choice.

Meal prep eliminates the last-minute rush and the unhealthy compromises that often come with it.

Enhances Diet Quality 

Prepping meals in advance ensures that you control the ingredients, cooking methods, and portion sizes, promoting better nutritional choices and consistent eating habits.

It’s so easy to measure and control it all at once instead of guessing each time you cook throughout the week.

Easy on the Wallet

Buying ingredients in bulk and avoiding daily takeouts will significantly lower your food expenses. Meal prepping ensures every ingredient is utilized, minimizing waste.

Your wallet will thank you, and at the end of the week, you’ll look back and realize how much time you saved too.

Getting Started with Meal Prep: Tips and Tricks

Start with simple recipes that have overlapping ingredients to maximize ease. Use meal prep recipes that are both filling and nutritious to keep your energy levels up throughout the week.

Invest in high-quality, microwave-safe containers that stack well and are BPA-free. Good containers keep food fresh and make transportation hassle-free.

Use kitchen appliances like slow cookers, pressure cookers, and rice cookers. These tools help prepare multiple meal components simultaneously, reducing hands-on cooking time.

A Hypothetical Day Of Meal Prep

Set up your mornings with overnight oats. Combine oats, almond milk, chia seeds, and a scoop of protein powder. Refrigerate overnight and top with berries or banana slices before serving.

For Lunch, assemble a vibrant bean salad with black beans, corn, diced bell peppers, red onions, and cilantro. Dress with lime juice and olive oil for a refreshing midday meal.

At Dinner, prepare a batch of turkey chili. It’s perfect for reheating and rich in protein. Serve over brown rice or sweet potatoes for a balanced and satisfying dinner.

Want some snacks throughout the day? Mix nuts, seeds, and dried fruits for a homemade trail mix— they’re all ideal for a quick energy boost between meals.

Need Some Recipes?

I’ve got you covered, check out my book Whole Fueled. It covers grocery lists, meal prep ideas with over 150+ recipes, and tons of tips and tricks I’ve learned along the journey of being a dietitian.

Make Sure to Spice Things Up!

Keep a variety of spices on hand to add excitement to your meals without extra calories. Spices transform simple ingredients into flavorful dishes.

Another way to spice it up is to create theme nights to add variety and make meal planning simpler. Themed meals can help reduce decision fatigue throughout the week.


Easy meal prep is more than just a time-saver—it’s a lifestyle adjustment. 

Take all the tips and tricks we’ve mentioned throughout this blog, but remember one thing. Just take it one day at a time. It’s not something that’s going to click the first time you do it, but as you practice more it’ll get easier and easier.

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