With summer coming to an end, school and work are back in session, and everyone is trying to get back to their routines. Sticking to working out and being on top of your nutrition can prove to be quite challenging during this transitional period. For some, going to the gym may not be the hard part. For the majority, sticking to making good nutritional choices can be the real challenge. Meal planning and meal prepping can be two extremely useful tools to help you get back on track with your healthy lifestyle.
Meal planning is simply taking the time to plan out your meals and prep for those meals in advance. A goal without a plan is just a wish. At first, it may seem tedious but, with time and practice, it will become part of your weekly routine. Once you have the meals you'd like to eat for the week planned out, I suggest meal prepping. By having your meals already prepared, you eliminate any unnecessary time cooking and preparing during the week, allowing you to be more efficient with your time, especially if you have a very busy schedule.
Meal planning will save you time, money and your sanity. Planning and prepping your meals in advance will help you avoid eating out which can get expensive. You'll also save money by not throwing away ingredients you thought you'd turn into dinner but are just too tired to prepare when you get home from work. By planning and prepping your meals in advance you will avoid that dreaded question that starts creeping into your mind around 3:00 pm; what am I going to make for dinner. You'll eliminate that stressor and those last minute trips to the grocery store at 5:00 pm.
With all of your ingredients prepped and ready to go, you can get dinner on the table in no time.