Maintaining a healthy lifestyle by eating properly and exercising is one of the goals for the 3LRCHALLENGE. To help with achieving that goal I will be featuring some health and fitness articles that will help us out and make it a little easier to eat properly and exercise. The first of these features is the idea of Meal Prepping.
Meal Prep 101
When trying to maintain a healthy diet and lifestyle, one of the challenges a lot of people face is sticking to the meal plan. With all the things that go on in our daily life it is usually easy to eat out, or just eat what is available when you are hungry. A good way to combat this issue is my meal prepping. In other words setting a meal plan, and preparing in advance for it so you can stick to your meal plan. Meal prep allows you to cook food in advance so you take away that extra burden of cooking every day. A few basic steps to follow:
Plan and shop for Meals
· Write out a list of meals you plan to eat during the week
· Search the Internet or your favorite food blogs for recipes
· List all the ingredients that will be required to prepare your meals
· Allow for 1 or 2 cheat meals during the week
· Get Re-use able containers they are a good way to portion out each meal
· Plan what items you will freeze or store in the refrigerator
· Stock up on fruits, vegetables, nuts and things you can snack on
Prepare the Meals
· Set aside about 2-3 hours every weekend for prepping meals
· rinse and cut things like fruits and veggies, and note that most fruits and vegetables for smoothies can be cut up and frozen in Ziploc bags
· Cook Batches of food that can be eaten multiple times during the week proteins, veggies and carbs (soups, baked chicken, baked fish, carrots, rice, broccoli, potatoes)
· Portion out each meal for as far in advance as you want, e.g you can portion each food container with baked potatoes, veggies and chicken.
· Considering your body needs and fitness regimen allow yourself about 5-6 meals during the day, with the major ones being breakfast, lunch and dinner, and then 2 or 3 snacks.
· Snack options include fruit, nuts, veggies, salad.
· Store your meals either in the refrigerator, or the freezer (most meals can easily be thawed the night before and heated up in the oven or microwave when needed)
· don’t forget to stay hydrated.
I hope this information helps and don't forget to drop a comment if you have any issues or concerns.
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