To Prep or Not to Prep
Written by Working WorkoutFail to prepare, prepare to fail. The 5 P's - Prior preparation prevents poor performance Prep, prep, then prep again! I know what you're thinking, shut up.
Why meal prep?"I don't have time to meal prep", I hear you say. Well for a small minority of you that might be the case, but for many of you, you're just not going about it the right way. First of all, you can control everything that goes into your body, so you can tailor exactly what you need for your body's requirements and goals. One of the really fun things about cooking is experimentation, whether that's a completely new recipe or fine tuning an old favourite. It's really helpful to know that you've just thrown in two spoons of salt, especially if you're tracking your food quite closely like calories and macros. The food will be fresher and it won't have any kind of preservatives in.
CostA friend of mine was going to M&S each day for lunch spending between £8-£10 a day. In contrast, when he prepared a meal and brought it into work, he wasn't ever spending more than £4. Most of you could do it in £2, but you'll see the difference. Over a week that's £14, over a month it's £60!
How should I go about it?So now that you have been given a glimpse of why you should, here's how you can do it. Tupperware Cook between 3 and 4 different meals, one at a time or simultaneously if you can handle it. Then put them into big Tupperware boxes, let them cool and but them in the fridge, using smaller boxes to carter them to and from work. Times In an ideal world you would prep your meal for the next day the night before. The reality is that we don't have time to do that everyday. If you're busy or tired, most people haven't got a lot planned for a Sunday evening. Why not prep then? You could do all your prep in one hour.
Find a food buddyIs there someone at work who has similar goals? Seems like a good cook? Doesn't scrimp on the sweet potato? Great. Why not prep your meals together? Take it in turns to cook lunch for the next day! You'll have to do it then, if not only to avoid letting down your friend. You'll also try some weird and wonderful dishes!
Can I have food prepped for me?If you're one of those people who really doesn't have time to meal prep or would rather spend a little bit more money as opposed to the time, well you're in luck! You still have plenty of options and good ones at that! Go Nutrition have their Freshly Prepared Gourmet Macro Meals, with 7 meal options, 3 hampers and 3 size options availble, you're spoilt for choice!
- Chicken Katsu with Pickles Carrot and Brown Rice
- Yakitori Beef with Rice Noodles, Roast Butternut Squash and Asian Greens
- Stuffed Peppers with Couscous, Butternut Squash and Goats Cheese
- Herby Meatballs with Corn Penne Pasta, Chickpeas and Grated Cheddar
- Barbeque Pulled Pork with Sweet Potato Wedges and Rainbow Slaw
- Harissa Chicken and Chorizo Bake with Couscous and a Mixed bean Cassoulet
- Grilled Mackerel with Quinoa and Edamame Beans