We get it. Well I most definitely do, spending for some your only day on prepping for the week on Sunday can be so unmotivating especially with the extra social events on during this time of year. BUT to be honest when I don’t get it done on the Sunday and I spend my whole week, skipping meals, going out to buy my meal, or making up for the missed meals by drinking more coffee or eating a bucket load at night time it motivates me more than anything else to make sure I dedicate an hour on a Sunday towards food prep. For me on a Saturday after work I will go grocery shopping then spend either Sunday AM or Sunday evening an hour in the kitchen and nothing more than hour. You master these skills with practice.
Grady our very experienced food prep king has put together 3 simple ways to make food prep work for you and then tomorrow you will receive an easy for prep meal that taste great too.
#1 – Choose two main ingredients and stick to that for the week.
When prepping meals making too many choices can mean paralysis by analysis. Too many options so you end up struggling to make a decision.
Think of it like this:
You need a protein source for each main meal.
You need some veggies/greens for each main meal.
You need (depending on your current food plan) a carb source.
You need (depending on your current food plan) a fat source.
For each requirement think of two different options when you go shopping that week.
Protein: Maybe you choose chicken breast and lean beef mince.
Veggies: You go with broccoli and zucchini.
Carbs: Basmati rice and baked sweet potato.
Fats: Raw macadamia nuts and avocado.
This then gives you 16 meal options (2x2x2x2) for the week and all you have to do is “pick-and-mix” from the two options from each category at each meal.
#2 – Cook in bulk.
Cooking as you go is a great was to get unmotivated to stick to your designated food/calorie plan.
Cook things in bulk and separate into the portion sizes you need so that when you want to “pick-and-mix” like mentioned in Tip #1 all you have to do is go to the fridge/cupboard and grab what you need when you need it.
This is especially applicable on work days with taking your lunch to work to help prevent having to buy food out which leads to more accuracy when sticking to your plan.
#3 – Keep it interesting.
Don’t be scared to season and flavour your food.
That little extra step when prepping your food will make such a difference with your desire to actually eat the food that you’ve prepped in advance.
There’s nothing worse than cooking a batch of flavourless grilled chicken breast which just the though of steers you towards the café or food court at work.
Seasoning salts, marinades, sauces and herbs are all great ways to make you interested in getting through the food you spent so much time getting ready and prepped for the week.
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