Want to know how to do meal prep on a budget as a beginner? In this post, I am going to share 7 easy ways to get started with meal prep.
We all know that sometimes life gets hectic and one of the things that we mess up a lot is how we eat.
We tend to start grabbing and eating anything that comes our way and in most cases, what we end up eating tends to be very unhealthy.
This problem can only be solved by doing proper meal prep. So how can I get started you ask?
Well, that’s easy!
7 Easy Idea Meal Prep for Beginners On a Budget
How Do I Prepare Food For The Week?
First things first, remember the reason you’re doing this meal prep. If you want to save time, make sure that you also know how much time you have and how much food you’ll actually eat.
Always make sure to start small if you’re a beginner. The reason for that is you don’t want to end up wasting food or starving yourself.
Remember, this is no weight loss journey, it’s meal prep for saving time and also eating healthy.
Make a schedule by picking the perfect day to shop and make your preparation and lastly, make sure you already know what you’re going to be making.
Again, you don’t want to be wasting food, because wasted food means wasted money.
Here is how to prepare:
- Have a plan
- Have everything ready, including food, pots, pans, and containers for storage
- Get yourself proper containers
Meal Prep Ideas
#1 Food For Breakfast
Prepping for breakfast is one of the easiest things ever.
What I love about it is that it takes no time to do which means you’re going to save more of it and you’ll eat something healthy which is a bonus.
The food ideas that I love to prep for breakfast are:
- Scrambled egg muffins
- Overnight oatmeal jars
- Breakfast burrito
- Sausage, egg and cheese on muffins (English muffins)
#2 Vegetables For Snacking
Some of us really love snacking and we can’t bring ourselves to the point of quitting snacking completely so we have to come up with a different solution.
Roasted vegetables are one of the most delicious healthy snacks you can have out there. One of the things I love the most about them is that they can also be used for lunch.
Here are some vegetables you can roast:
- Brussel sprouts
- Green beans
- And more
#3 Lunch Food
As I said, having some food prepared and ready for lunch is very helpful because it can help save you a lot of time.
It is super helpful if you’re always on the move to work, school or maybe hustling on the streets because you won’t have the time to go home and do some preparation.
Having a big patch of something for the week or for the day can be super helpful if you’re constantly busy.
I personally love chicken salad or egg salad, but you may also love:
- Salad with no dressing
- Bento boxes
- Pasta dishes
- Rice bowls
When I prepare lunches, I usually put it together protein, grain, and vegetable in one container. If you want to have a low-carb meal you can switch grain with more vegetables.
That is totally up to you and what you like.
#4 Other Snacks
You know, it’s good to sometimes switch things up a bit. You don’t have to snack on veggies all week, you can also other healthy foods too.
I personally swap my veggie snacks with these snacks:
- Hard boiled eggs
- Energy bars
- Chopped fruit
As you may already know, people use salads as a diet plan to lose weight so this means, if you want to get rid of some excess fats, salads are the best.
When I do my meal prepping, I use salads as a side dish for lunch and dinner. Sometimes I just eat a big bowl of salad and go to sleep.
That’s because I am a big fan of salads.
Here are the ingredients I always have on my list for salads:
- Red onions
- Cooked meat (chicken)
- Hard boiled eggs
- And a dressing of your choice
#6 Precooked Food
I usually meal prep precooked food for dinner because I can’t always eat freezer meals each and every day.
The type of food that is good for that is pasta, rice, and beans. That’s because they are easy to assemble and they don’t require a lot on your end.
You can easily prepare them while doing something else like cooking meat.
This brings me to my last point!
When I first started out as a beginner I didn’t really understand meal-prep that involved meat. Maybe it’s because of the weather in my area.
It’s always hot so it’s very easy for meat to rot and this may cause some health problems.
But then I learned that the trick is to keep the cooked meat in the freezer for no more than 3 days instead of an entire week.
Yeah, I know it sounds silly because everyone knows this but I had to lay it out there for those that are just starting out.
You can precook meat like:
- Chicken breast or thighs
- Ground beef
- A whole ham for sandwiches
There are a lot of different meal prep ideas you can choose from and they are super beginner-friendly.
If you think I’ve left out something, feel free to share them in the comment section below.
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