#lazymealprep 101

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Last week, I shared on Facebook that I’ve committed to competing in Miss South Carolina USA in November of this year. It’s my very last year of eligibility for Miss USA, and I’ve always wanted to compete, so the time is now, and I’m all in.

That means I’ll be spending the next eight months preparing myself to be in the best mental and physical shape of my whole life. I’m using AdvoCare products, changing my workouts, training for the Marine Corps Marathon, and committing to eating like a champ.

That last part is the hardest.

Life is busy, guys. Some days, I feel like I’m going ten million miles a minute and then all of a sudden it’s 11pm and it’s time to go to bed. When you’re cooking for one, making healthy food can be a pain, especially if you get home late and you are HANGRY.

That’s where lazy meal prep comes in.

I prep my meals on Sunday, and it typically takes me 1-2 hours to complete prepping breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks for my week. Sometimes, if I’m short on time on Sundays, I cook Monday mornings, or make extra food for Monday night dinner.

Lazy meal prep, simply put, means maximizing your healthy meal production while minimizing your time spent in the kitchen and food wasted. Yes, that means lazy meal prep even saves you money. Here’s my top five tips:

  1. Meals start with frozen veggies. Why? Frozen veggies are just as nutritious as fresh veggies (don’t buy the ones with cheese sauce, duh), but they’re way more cost effective for those of us not cooking for a small army, they take less time, and they’re less messy. I buy whatever steamer packs are on sale, and I never end up paying more than $1 a bag — that’s only 25 cents a serving!
  2. Pick two lunch/dinner meals for the week, and make them in bulk. This means I’ll make two different entrees — stir fries, taco bowls, one skillet veggie/protein casseroles, and baked fish are some of my staples. This cuts down on cost because you can buy larger quantities of protein and cuts down on time because you only have to cook two different meals a week.
  3. Give yourself a few breakfast options. You never know what you’re going to feel like eating in the morning. Prep for smoothies by portioning out fruit in ziploc baggies in your freezer, bake mini egg white muffins with your favorite veggies, measure out servings of your favorite cereal, or buy plain instant oatmeal packets. You’ll be ready for whatever craving hits!
  4. Pay for carb convenience. Making brown rice the traditional way is messy, and I have an issue with burning it sometimes (sad but true). Boil in a bag brown rice is convenient and less messy than traditional rice, and it’s not very expensive. Plus, if you find a sale, it keeps forever!
  5. Spice packs are your friend. Spices are pretty expensive, especially if you don’t use them all the time. Sure, I’ve bought garlic powder, salt, pepper, etc, because I use them all the time. But, for other flavor combinations, it can be way more cost effective to buy seasoning packs, rather than splurging on an entire spice collection.

Tomorrow, I’m sharing my recipe for Lazy Taco Bowls. You won’t want to miss them — they’re tasty, clean, and inexpensive to make.

Do you meal prep? What tips do you have?

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