If you might be following the 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge you’ll understand how a lot we consider that meal prep is THE KEY to consuming effectively and dropping pounds.
As part of the 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge we at The Healthy Mummy usually speak about meal prep. The recipe hub is filled with recipes that you would be able to make forward to avoid wasting your self time within the kitchen.
But should you’re simply beginning out, there are a couple of key errors it is best to AVOID making if you need a stress-free expertise.
1. Not having all of the components you want
Once you have got determined precisely what you make, it’s time to make a giant outdated buying record and get EVERYTHING on it.
There is nothing worse than beginning your meal prep session solely to seek out that you’re lacking one important ingredient.
Online buying might be actually useful right here as you may examine off your record as you go.
Here’s the right way to use the buying record function on the 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge app!
2. Making an excessive amount of of the identical factor
Meal prep is a good way to be ready as a way to simply resist the urge to order take away while you’re too drained to prepare dinner.
But should you make tooooo a lot of a great factor, you may end up dreading opening the freezer for a similar outdated standard meal. You can simply combine issues up a bit even with utilizing comparable components.
For occasion you may freeze some Bolognese with pasta and a few with brown rice; or do half of your stir fries with pork and half with rooster slightly than all the identical meat.
3. Not shopping for sufficient containers
Can’t stress this sufficient! You will want A LOT of containers! The low-cost and cheerful take away fashion containers are widespread with different Healthy Mummies and can be found at most supermarkets.
Freeze in a method that fits you and your loved ones – it may be all single serves for you; otherwise you may need to freeze household sized parts of meals that you recognize you may simply defrost, warmth and eat.
You may freeze snacks – but it surely’s finest to snap freeze them first by inserting gadgets corresponding to bliss balls or slices onto a lined chopping board and freezing individually. Then you may pop all of them in a ziplock bag they usually received’t all clump collectively.
4. Not having sufficient freezer house
Trying to cram 40 containers right into a freezer that may solely match 20 is tremendous annoying and might find yourself resulting in meals wastage.
Have a freezer filter out earlier than you begin, and within the lead as much as your first meal prep session attempt to dissipate something you have got in your freezer to make method to your new wholesome creations.
Sure that may imply some mish-mash dinners however that’s OK!
Don’t overlook you should utilize meal prep time to arrange your meals for the week, that means you may simply hold it within the fridge. Think yoghurt with honey and LSA, chopped fruit, vegetable batons and wholesome dip. Anything you can also make upfront will assist you persist with your wholesome consuming plan.
5. Not setting apart a great chunk of time to meal prep
You can’t do a giant prepare dinner up in an hour, so remember to give your self ample time to buy, unpack, chop, prepare dinner, cool, place in containers, label and freeze.
We love a Sunday afternoon prepare dinner up, however discover the time that fits you. If you may get the children minded for the afternoon when you prepare dinner, all the higher.
Why not workforce up with one other meal prep mum after which you may thoughts her youngsters when she desires to prepare dinner?
6. Forgetting to label label label
You may assume you’ll bear in mind what’s within the freezer however to keep away from ‘surprise dinners’ it’s finest to label all the things.
Use the format ‘meal name, number of portions, date of cooking’ so it would appear to be ‘Lamb and cheese meatballs, 1 serve, 23/1/18’
If you recognize different individuals may be defrosting the meals you possibly can additionally embody extra data corresponding to ‘defrost overnight and then reheat on the stove until piping hot.’
You can write on the plastic tubs with a black Sharpie, or place a strip of tape on them to jot down on. Put the labels on the SIDE in order that while you stack them you may see what you have got at a look.
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