THREE MEAL PREP TIPS
The majority of people who embark on a health and fitness journey struggle with nutrition, particularly with meal preparation. This is certainly relevant if they don’t have a history of meal prepping or if it’s something they’ve never done before. It can be a big goal to achieve, a big hurdle to overcome in order to ensure that they’re getting the right nutrition they need to attain their health and fitness goals.
In this blog, David Allen of NBS Fitness shares three tips on how to have meal preparation, in order to get you out of frustration. This will save you time, and you will ensure that you have the proper meals that you need to consume with you rather than attempting to figure it out on the fly.
- Spinning the preparation wheel for the Macros.
Proteins, carbohydrates, and fats make up macronutrients. And we know for a fact that there are various foods that fall under the category of protein, such as chicken, beef, pork, and/or fish.
Given the variety of meats available, there are numerous different cuts of protein, such as chicken breast, thigh, and wings; beef ribs; the belly, and pig belly or loin. On top of that, we have a variety of preparation methods such as grilling, baking, sautéing, slow cooking, and smoking, each with its own set of seasonings and marinades.
For example, you could bake a chicken breast. Grill beef ribs or smoke fish.
Using a different cut, a different seasoning, and preparing it in a different way wherever you want to go gives you a plethora of options, thus it keeps meal preparation from becoming stale.
- Easy Veggies.
First is you can simply purchase large veggie trays, which typically include raw vegetables that do not require cooking.
The second thing is to have frozen vegetables that have already been sliced and are ready to be mixed together. All you have to do is bake them or throw them in a pan and heat them.
They’ve already been prepared for you. You simply grab them and toss them into your meal because you don’t have to prepare them at all.
- Cook with your entire kitchen.
It simply means to use all of your cooking materials and equipment when cooking. As we all know, meal preparation takes time, so make sure that every item in your kitchen that can be used to cook something is used all at once.
But since most meals take about an hour to prepare and most foods take 10 to 20 minutes to cook. The first 30 minutes will be spent prepping and getting ready to cook, while the remaining 30 minutes will be spent taking things out, cutting them into appropriate portions, and placing them in the meals.
It is common for us to prepare the same meal over and over, which quickly becomes boring. So, to avoid it and make our meal more gratifying and worthy of eating, we should be creative and find a different way to cook it.