As a strength coach and sports nutritionist, I get asked all the time how to stick to a nutrition plan. My answer is always preparation. This is in the form of meal prepping as well as the use of meal prep containers. In my opinion, the hardest thing to accomplish when working on your nutrition is the food itself. We live in a world where we are always on the go, and never seem to have time to sit down and eat a well-balanced meal. This is why I believe prepping all of your meal in advance is so important. The obesity rate (globally) is constantly on the rise, and we need to take control of our lifestyle.
I’m not saying you need to spend hours each night planning out meals for the next day. Rather, I recommend using Sunday as your “meal prep day.” Use Sunday to make your protein sources for the week, your carbohydrates, and your fats. After you prepare them, it’s important to put them in meal prep containers. Not only will this help you sort out your meals, but it has them conveniently ready for you to grab out of the fridge and take with you to work or school each day.
The meal prep containers I recommend people use are the three compartment variety. The reason I like these is to allow for a section to put your lean protein source, carbohydrates, and healthy fats in. I’d suggest using the largest compartment for your protein, and the other two to separate your carbs/fats.
You can find meal prep containers on Amazon for around $12.99 for a 10 pack.
Most of the meal prep containers you will find today are BPA free, reusable, and are microwave and dishwasher safe (top shelf only). It depends on if you want to go with a plastic or glass container — it’s personal preference. Obviously the glass is more sturdy, but the plastic is lighter.
Examples of foods to include in your meal prep (but not limited to):
- Proteins – chicken, fish, lean beef, turkey, eggs
- Carbohydrates – oatmeal, sweet potato, broccoli, asparagus, carrots, green beans, celery
- Fats – natural nut butters, avocado, nuts, olive oil, seeds, yogurt
I can’t stress enough the importance of planning your meals. By doing so, you have no excuse why you can’t fit in a meal or eat healthy. All you need to do is put some time aside once a week to make and prepare your meals and put them in meal prep containers. It’s not difficult, but you need to commit to doing this. If your health is a priority, then you will make it happen.