How Meal Prepping Can Make Eating Healthy Easy

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Let’s be real – eating healthy can be a challenge. When you’re juggling a career, a social life, and a family, it can be a struggle to find the time to even head to the grocery store.

Grabbing something quick and convenient can make a lot of sense when you’re feeling overwhelmed.

However, fast food and frozen pizzas aren’t necessarily healthy options for your family, and relying too heavily on quick grab-and-go options can put your health at risk.

Instead of relying on convenience to get you through the week, dedicate a portion of your weekend to meal prep.

Spending some time chopping, baking, sauteing and otherwise getting your meals ready for the week ahead can make a world of difference in your family’s diet.

Not convinced?

Here are a few ways that meal prepping can make eating healthy a little easier for your family:

meal prepping makes eating healthy easy

You’ll have better portion control.

Do you know what constitutes a serving of chicken breast?

Of rice?

Most people have no real concept of a portion, and many of us are guilty of piling far too much food on our plates.

One way meal prepping makes healthy eating easy is by helping you manage your portions.

Preparing everything at once and dividing it into individual servings can help you put things into perspective and will keep you from grabbing too much when it’s time to eat.

 

You won’t spend much time cooking.

There are different ways to meal prep.

Some people legitimately cook their meals in advance so they can simply reheat when they’re ready.

Others chop and dice veggies and marinate meats so they’re ready to go when it’s time to cook. Either way, getting some of the work done in advance will cut the amount of time you’re stuck in the kitchen during the week.

Since time is one of the biggest reasons people default to unhealthy fast food options, this is one of the biggest ways meal prepping makes healthy eating easier.

You won’t have to make any decisions.

For some, the mealtime struggle comes in the middle of the week, when you’re exhausted from work and don’t have any mental or physical energy left to dedicate to dinner.

Fortunately, if you meal prepped over the weekend, you won’t have any decisions to make.

Instead, you’ll know exactly what you need to cook – and you’ll have everything you need to make it happen, so you won’t have any excuses!

Dedicating a few hours on Sunday afternoon to meal prepping might not sound like the most exciting way to spend your weekend, but you’ll be glad you did when you see how easy it makes the rest of your week.

Instead of dreading dinner, you’ll be able to cruise through the cooking process in a fraction of the time, and your family will be impressed by the healthy meals you’re serving up.

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BONUS: Meal Prep Recommendations
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If you currently meal prep, how has it made a difference for you and your family? Do you feel better? Have more time – or more energy?

And, if you haven’t meal prepped before, what’s holding you back?

how meal prepping makes eating healthy easy

Vickie Louise
Vickie Louise
Vickie Louise is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of A Crazy Family. She is a stay at home mom of a little boy with a big personality. After having her son, she realized how important it is for moms to take care of themselves, physically and mentally. Vickie believes in the power of using social media and her online presence for good and is thrilled to provide you with a space to celebrate all that is awesome (and a little crazy) in the world.

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Comments

  1. Oh my word, YES. I absolutely LOVE meal prepping, because it takes all of the daily guess-work OUT of a healthy lifestyle. Now, don’t get me wrong, I don’t always love DOING the meal prep, but I’m sure happy when it’s done. It’s a total game-changer to be able to open up the fridge and KNOW there are delicious options ready and waiting for lunch/dinner/WHATEVER: options that I already know the ingredients and macros of. Like, yes please!

    • I have to agree the act of doing the meal prep is not the best part, but having the food ready to eat is! And that makes for a less stressful week.

      Love your blog and just binge-read a few of your posts ?

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