Setting aside some time to meal prep every week is a very smart move. It saves you time, money, keeps you organized and on track to reach your health goals.
But getting organized for a Meal Prep Sunday can be half the battle. One of the most important things to take into consideration is how you are going to not only prep, but also store all your mouth-watering meals and snacks!
The last thing you want is for the meal to dry out, or spill all over your purse on your way to work.
To save you from the heartache, we've rounded up the top 10 meal prep tools and containers that will make your next Meal Prep Sunday an absolute breeze.
1. Mason Jars
Mason jars are spill proof, dishwasher safe and can be easily organized in your fridge. We love layering salads in the bigger jars and prepping breakfast for the entire week in the smaller jars.
They are perfect for salads, overnight oats, smoothies, yogurt parfaits, soup, sauce, broth, fruits, vegetables, sauces and dressings. They’re super affordable (usually about $1 to $2 a jar) and come in all different sizes.
If you are freezing anything in mason jars, be sure to use a wide mouth jar and leave at least 1 - 2 inches of room at the top when you fill them, to leave room for the contents to expand as they freeze. Otherwise, you may end up with a shattered jar.
You can find these convenient little guys online, at Walmart, Michaels, grocery stores and dollar stores.
2. Pyrex Glass Bowls with Plastic Lids
These are another popular choice for storing meal prep. Because they are glass, a lot of people find that they keep food fresh longer than plastic containers. They're resilient, great for re-heating and don't trap any gross lingering odours or stain from your delicious tomato sauce. They range in price from about $2 to $8 a container, depending on size.
3. Shape + Store
Shape + Store makes the most convenient kitchen tools to prepare and store meals like burger patties, meatballs, sliders, rice, pesto, cookies and more. They ensure even portions, protect against freezer burn and make it super easy to remove later on.
Check out these Spinach Artichoke Turkey Burgers that we made using the Shape + Store Burger Master. The perfect recipe for Meal Prep Sunday!
4. Bento Boxes
Source: Huckle & Goose
These handy containers are great for packing lunches. One major bonus is that you don't need to juggle a million different containers. They tend to be a little on the pricey side, but worth it since they last forever.
Check out these super sleek Takenaka Boxes.
Get rid of saran wrap. This all natural beeswax wrap is sustainable, let's food breath, protects it from moisture, and creates zero waste. It acts like your foods natural protecter and "keeps it alive". Great for storing odds and ends in the fridge and covering up leftovers.
6. Banana Guard
Source: Banana Bunker
A'int no one got time for a smelly, mushy banana in their bag! We'll totally admit, these are a little weird looking, but protective cases for bananas are really practical for taking bananas on-the-go to avoid bruising.
7. Cuppow BNTO & Jar Combo
For all the mason jar lovers out there, you're going to love these Cuppow BNTO & Jar Combo accessories. All of the benefits of your mason jar, with the added bonus of compartments, making these great for veggies with dip, parfaits with granola, and salads with dressing.
8. U Konserve
Source: U Konserve
U Konserve's mission is to reduce waste, foster change in daily habits, help you eat healthier and store safer. These stainless steel, stackable containers come in all shapes and sizes with compartments and non-toxic lids.
9. Stasher Bags
Source: Stasher Bag
Ready to get rid of disposable ziplock bags? These self-sealing, air tight non-plastic bags can be used for cooking and storing. They're made from silicone and can go from the freezer to stovetop to dishwasher. With no harmful by products or chemicals, they are a healthy, sustainable option that is lightweight, portable and reusable.
10. Meal Prep Haven Stackable Containers
Source: Meal Prep Haven
These containers are designed for serious meal preppers. They are great for when you need something light with just one simple compartment. They save a ton of space in the fridge, too! They are SUPER affordable, BPA-free, leak proof, dishwasher and microwave-safe.
Get Your Meal Prep Sunday Meal Plan
Ready to get your meal prep on? Be sure to check out our Meal Prep Sunday Program that’s guaranteed to save you time and money plus keep you organized and on track to reach your health goals. This program comes with a meal plan, grocery list, healthy recipes and a prep guide that shows you how to prep all of your meals for the week in 2 hours!
- How to Prepare Enough Meals for the Week in Two Hours.
- How I Prep Food Every Weekend
- How to Use Your Slow Cooker to Eat Healthier