It's no secret that meal prep can save you a lot of time and money. In fact, I've even shared exactly how I meal prep for the week in less than one hour here.
But if the thought of meal prep has you feeling anxious and overwhelmed, don't sweat it. Remember that you don't always have to meal prep full meals. Instead, you can simplify meal prep by batch cooking some simple ingredients. This is a great way to save yourself time throughout the week and will set you up to feel your best!
So what types of ingredients can you meal prep ahead of time? We've put together a list of eight ingredients that you can meal prep on a Sunday to help you eat healthy all week long. You can simply store them in your fridge or freezer and use throughout the week.
Grains are a great ingredient to prep in advance. Choose one that suits your needs for the week such as rice, quinoa, couscous, millet, oats or sorghum. Cook it up, then store it in the fridge.
When it comes to preparing protein sources in advance, you can choose an animal or plant-based options.
Our three favorite animal-based protein sources to prep ahead include:
- Chicken breast
- Ground meat
Our three favorite plant-based protein sources to prep at the beginning of the week include:
- Roasted chickpeas
When it comes to veggies, it is a good idea to try and chop and prep some of them in advance. This will make dinner time a breeze!
Vegetables that are good to prep ahead of time include:
- Brussels sprouts
- Winter squash
- Sweet potato
- Green beans
If you are buying fresh greens, one of the best ways to keep them fresh is lining a container with some paper towels, dumping the greens on top and then placing a piece of paper towel on top. Then just snap the lid on and you are good to go!
Fresh fruit, especially when it is in season, is one of life's simple pleasures. I personally prefer to store fruit whole to avoid any browning. But if you want to chop and store your fruit in advance, opt for things like lemons, limes, apples, pears and melons. You can squeeze some lemon juice over top of the apple and pear to keep them from browning.
Watermelon Salad is a great dish to prep ahead of time by cutting the watermelon into bite-sized pieces.
6. Salad Dressings
Stocking your fridge with easy, healthy salad dressings is a great way to save time during the week.
7. Chia Pudding
When it comes to having breakfast options on hand, prepping things like breakfast jars couldn't be easier.
8. Hard-Boiled Eggs
Keeping healthy, simple snacks on hand is a great addition to your weekly meal prep. Ingredients like hard boiled eggs are easy to make, satiating and keep well in the fridge for up to one week.
Tired of plain old hard-boiled eggs? Try jazzing them up with your favorite flavors, like salt and vinegar!
Meal prepping ingredients is an easy task that can be done on a Sunday and can make a big difference in how prepared you feel throughout the week.
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