I’m still a beginner at meal preparation. A friend of mine is a professional at this and he has been trying to convince me to start incorporating meal prep into my life and it has taken forever and a day to get me to do it. Thankfully I’ve started trying it out on the days the need strikes and I can confirm that there are benefits to it after all!
Time works for and against you in my opinion. You will need to actually set aside time to go shopping, get your ingredients together, prepare and store the meals. You will also need time to clean up after yourself once you are done and writing all this has me tired already! But fear not! There are benefits that come with it after all; doing all this means you have more free time during the week as you will only need to reheat meals that are already prepared, serve and enjoy. I choose to do my meal prep on random Sundays. A good playlist, glass of wine, comfortable pair of shoes and I’m ready to get my cook on!
Eating out is expensive especially in Harare. A decent meal will cost you about $15 and we’re talking a juicy burger, chips and a drink. Now just think of how much money you will save if you choose to prepare your very own home cooked meals. Let’s do the Maths shall we?
2kgs Chicken Pieces: $8, Potatoes, $1, Mazoe Orange Crush 2litres, $4, Mixed Greens $1.50
All these ingredients will cost you $14.50 and before you even start thinking you may as well eat out then. The plus side of buying the ingredients I mentioned is that chicken and juice will probably last you a whole month especially if you stay on your own.(Saving 101). You will also prepare the meal just the way you like it, why settle for an okay meal when you can make a fire meal?
You know exactly what’s going into your meal from salt, oil, sugar or whatever additive you choose to use. Chances of overeating are also at a minimum because if you are anything like me there’s something about cooking for myself that makes me lose my appetite, two spoonfuls in and I’m already full.
4. Goodbye Indecision
I’m guilty of never knowing what I want to eat. Thanks to meal prepping most days of the week I’m set and it leaves out chances of me eating unhealthy food options. *bonus tip* if you don’t want to end up eating junk food simply don’t keep junk food in your house it will change your entire life, trust me!
5. No Wasting Food
Meal prep comes with leftovers. Just this past weekend I prepared sugar beans and today instead of cracking my head over what to have for breakfast I just grilled a sausage and had it with the remaining sugar beans and it tasted heavenly. Who needs bread when you have sausage and beans?
My two favourite easy to make meals or snacks are crunchy salads and and infused water. I mainly like infused water because of the delicious looking colours more than anything if I’m honest and it makes drinking water a lot more exciting.
If you fail to plan your meals, you plan to fail at eating right. – Fitness Bae 2018
On that note you should also check out how you can plan your health and fitness journey from here.
What are your favourite easy to make meals that you make for your meal preps?