Healthy Meal Prep Ideas to Free Up Your Time

By on February 5, 2017

So you want to start eating healthy? Well, let me tell you a little a secret – preparation is the key to healthy meal eating.

As Man’s Fitness reports, a recent study of more than 1,300 US adults published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine suggested that spending time cooking meals is closely linked to dietary habits. While, unsurprisingly, spending less than 60 minutes in kitchen every day is associated with eating more fast food.

So if you want to install better eating habits into you and your children, you need to start preparing meals well ahead of time. This will not only leave you with enough time to squeeze a daily workout into your busy schedule, but it will also save you all of the money you waste every other day on take outs, in the process.

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Four Quick and Nutritious Meal Prep Ideas

·         Seasoning Three Ways With One Pan

If you want to stick to some lean meats like, for example, chicken, preparing (and subsequently eating) the same recipe can get boring after some time. And that’s why you should start preparing two (or maybe even three) variations of meat at the same time. You just need to use aluminum foil as a divider in your pan and prepare BBQ, Siracha and honey mustard chicken at once.

·         Boil Your Eggs in the Oven

As you probably already know, eggs are a great source of vitamins A and B as well as healthy fats. That’s why they are a staple snack for any health enthusiast. However, the problem is, most people can only fit four or five eggs in a single pot. But the solution for this problem is quite simple – you simply take a dozen of eggs, put them in muffin tins, and bake them for half-an-hour in your oven – and voila, you have a breakfast for the whole family.

·         Chop and Spiralize Veggies In Advance

Most of us are often too hungry to prepare a nice dinner at the end of a long, busy day. If you don’t want to waste precious time on chopping vegetables on busy weeknights, you should just chop them up ahead of time during the weekend. Most veggies like will stay fresh in the fridge for up to five days, and chopped onions and carrots will definitely last you a week.

·         Prepare Smoothie Ingredients Before Time

Making a smoothie is quite simple, I’m sure you agree with that. But sometimes, you simply throw too much ingredients in your blender, and end up with a supersized smoothie, right? So in order to save you and your family from all of those unnecessary calories, you should pre-assemble and freeze all of your smoothie ingredients. By measuring out your veggies and berries ahead of time, you’ll ensure that every shake you make is perfectly portioned every time you make it.

Coming up With Different Recipes

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Of course, what really takes up a bulk of time every week is coming up what to cook throughout the week. What’s worse, even once you make your weekly menu, you also need to shop for each ingredient – and if you’re local grocery store doesn’t have everything, you end up losing even more time.

Luckily for you, today we have services like Sun Basket delivery that help you save time by sending you fresh recipes every week, finding seasonal ingredients, and even delivering them right at your door. By using their services, you’ll have a chance to cook and serve your family something new almost every day.

Final Thoughts

An there you have it, there is no reason to be intimidating by coking, because even if you’re not really that experienced in the kitchen, there are millions of different tricks that can help you prepare a healthy, tasty meal.

All of the tips we presented above will also allow you to relax in the kitchen and have a full, care-free week. If you have any additional tips or have any secrets of your own, make sure to leave comment in the comment section and tells us all about it.

By Monica Nichols

Monica NicholsMonica Nichols is a 32-year-old fashion designer and freelance writer from Omaha, Nebraska. She’s been writing for since 2014 and in her free time, she likes making pottery and playing with her pet cat.

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Healthy Meal Prep Ideas to Free Up Your Time