Nutrition: Healthy Meal Prep
Meal prepping has recently become a better-known secret to living a healthier life. It is when individual meals are prepared in advance for the week and allows you to have better control of what you are eating.
It is also a way to be able to reach your nutrition goals. Here are some benefits to meal prepping:
It’s healthier. With meal prepping, you are able to control what you are eating with the ingredients as well as the portion sizes. When eating at a restaurant it is hard to determine what ingredients are added, and the portion sizes are often too large.
It saves money. Meal prepping allows you to purchase food items to last throughout the week which is much cheaper than purchasing single meals repeatedly.
It saves time. Many people do not seem to have enough time in the day due to work, school, family, and other obligations. Meal prepping allows you to have a convenient meal without having to cook it at that moment. As long as time is allotted to prepare it one day during the week, it will save time throughout the rest of the week.
It leads to higher food variety. With more time comes the ability to try new things. In a study by NIH it showed that people who meal prepped were more likely to have variety in their diet. A varied diet is important because it can lead to better health outcomes.
If you are new to healthy eating or it is something you have been practicing for a while, meal prepping is a way to save time and money, while making it easy to stick to your healthy diet.
HEALTHY MEAL PREP IDEAS:
- Don’t make too many meals. Stick to 4-5 meals to ensure food stays fresh and store in an air-tight container.
- Include important micro- and macronutrients to ensure the meal is balanced based on nutritional needs.
- Control portions when making meals based on serving size.
- Write down meals and ingredients in advance in order to be prepared.
Sources: NIH, My Plate, Harvard School of Public Health. The Health Tip of the Week is for educational purposes only. For additional information, consult your physician. Please feel free to copy and distribute this health resource.