How to Become a Meal Prepping Pro

How to Become a Meal Prepping Pro

We promise, it’s easier than you think!

Nutrition is one of the most important components of an FBK challenge. Even if you’re consistent with your workouts, without being honest about your diet and following the recommended nutritional guidelines given to you, you may stunt your progress.

The FBK team and FIT Fam alike swear by meal prepping in order to make the nutritional piece of the challenge not as difficult to get used to. Once you start, you’ll be hooked!

What are the Benefits of Meal Prepping?

When you’re trying to stay on top of your macros, there’s nothing worse than being unprepared. Having your meals prepped for the week will ensure that you won’t reach for something that may throw you off your game. We’ve all been there! When you lack the time and energy to make a meal, something quick is typically the response.

Dinner can be an exhausting concept after you’ve already exerted yourself throughout the day. Spending a few hours on a Sunday planning out your meals and preparing them for the days ahead will save you time during the week to focus on more important things.

Another huge benefit of meal prepping is portion control. If you’re someone who struggles with overeating, or even just eating too much of one macro, having your meals portioned out will help you prevent this.

One of the best benefits of meal prepping is how much money you’ll save! Having a clear plan for what you’re making for the week will keep your grocery trips organized. Going to the store on the fly not only spells disaster for your wallet, but you’re more likely to get a bunch of non-macro-friendly foods and snacks that won’t help you stay on track.

Imagine being able to cut your grocery bill down by 20% by buying in bulk. What would you do with that extra cash? Start meal prepping and you’ll find out!

Tips & Tricks to a Successful Meal Prep

We like to meal prep on Sundays, but if that day isn’t good for you, no problem! Find a day of the week that you can dedicate a few hours to cooking and stick to that each week.

Pre-planning is key! In the beginning, go meal by meal and write down what you’re eating for each. Don’t overcomplicate it! Sometimes simple is really that much better. From there, create your grocery list breaking it down by protein, carbs, and fats. This will help you to avoid getting extra food and overspending on something that may just go to waste.

When it comes to cooking, try batching. We love baking a big batch of sweet potatoes, chicken breasts, and chopped veggies on a big sheet pan. Microwaveable rice is a time saver when cooking in big batches too!

Grab your food scale. Remembering to weigh out all your foods when you're prepping is the fastest and easiest way to track correctly! Measure in grams and ounces -- just fill up your container, and continue to 'tare' each time you add a new food. Easy peasy. 

Don’t forget to add your meals to your MyFitnessPal to make sure you’re hitting your macros! This is the best part of meal planning! By adding it to your MFP app, you’ll already know where you stand on your macros so you can adjust for events or a treat meal here and there.

Invest in some microwaveable containers that are dishwasher friendly. Make sure to not put your food in the fridge when it’s still hot, as it can cause bacteria to develop. Also, keep in mind these storage times:

  • Cooked chicken - 3-4 days in the fridge
  • Cooked veggies - 7 days in the fridge
  • Cooked rice - 4-6 days in the fridge
  • Cooked sweet potatoes - 3-5 days in the fridge
  • Cooked pasta - 7 days in the fridge

Meal prepping doesn’t have to be complicated!

It’s all about eating the foods you love while staying within your macros. Keep your goals in mind by eating foods that will help you give it your all in your workouts. And most importantly, don’t beat yourself up when you go out to dinner or have a treat meal. It’s all about balance and being healthy while still enjoying what you love.