The saying “failing to prepare is preparing to fail” couldn’t be more true in regards to food prep. We encourage food preping because it saves time, money, and it’s often healthier!
The major reason why I personally meal prep is because I am a frugal college student. Whenever I see my co-workers eating a $10 salad, I automatically start to do the math in my head!
Of course, convenience has its price … but consider the price for lettuce, spinach, beans, tomatoes, bell peppers, and so on… I can easily buy the very same ingredients and make about three to four portions for the same price of buying one at a restaurant. Meal prepping easily cuts the price in half!
Now let’s get down to business:
Do I get excited about meal prepping? Sometimes, but most of the time, I honestly don’t. However, I do it anyways. Why? Because there is no better feeling in the morning to just grab your prepared meal stored in a tupperware container (I use recycled Chinese food to-go boxes) and bring it to work or to school. Food prepping not only saves me time in the morning but also during my breaks since I don’t have to go somewhere to buy my food. Most importantly though, it saves me a lot of money!
What do you need to food prep?
Two things: food and storage containers.
I go grocery shopping about once a week and plan meals ahead of time, look up new recipes, and make a shopping list of everything I need to buy that week.
Generally, I have two main options: I either make a ton of food and eat it over the course of several days, or I make something small (like a salad or sandwich) which I usually prepare the night before. Either way, make sure to plan your meals so you have enough bread, sandwich meat, etc.
Whenever I do decide to get a bit fancy and make large amounts of food (my personal favorites are pasta salad, couscous salad, and German potato salad), I do it on my days off or at the weekends. I also watch TV while I do it or have a little dance off in my kitchen so make it more fun! Instead of sitting on the couch, watching TV, and telling yourself that “I don’t have time to meal prep” – just do something fun while you do it!