Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Meal prep for the beginner

Meal prepping for the week ahead isn't for everyone, but it's a great option for some.  Having food all ready can make a busy day go from scurrying around & making a drive through run to being relaxed & healthy.  Here are a few tips for the beginner meal prepper.

*wash and portion all fruit into small Tupperware containers. For example you can do a berry mix of strawberries, blueberries, and black berries. When they're in containers, it makes for an easy grab and go snack. You can also do an apple and orange mix.

*wash and chop all veggies and portion them out into Tupperware containers. For example if you have bell peppers, wash, cut the top off, and take out the seeds. Then chop them how you like and put them in a container in the fridge. When it comes to cooking dinner, having veggies pre washed and cut saves a lot of time in the kitchen.

*portion all meat into storage freezer bags. For example if you bought chicken breasts, open the package and put one-two breasts in each bag then place back in the freezer. This helps so you don't have to thaw the whole package and it's already portioned for you ahead of time. Same with any beef ground or not. If you have steak, you can also throw any marinade in the bag and seasonings too.

*Follow the serving size on the back of the nutrition label and portion any snacks out into baggies. This helps you not to over eat or fill up on just a snack. For example if you have low fat whole wheat pretzels and the serving size is 20 pretzels, count out 20 pretzels and place in a Baggie and throw it in the cupboard. 

Questions?  We're here to help.  Feel free to leave them in the comments section, post on our Facebook wall or email us.  -- Written by Doni Bullock, OnTrack trainer San Diego