IT’S ALWAYS GOOD TO BE PREPARED
Today, with our crazy hectic schedules, it’s a blessing to find just a bit of time for yourself. Now, imagine you’re finally walking in the door after a long day of work, needing to be up early for another full day tomorrow, so you take a look at the takeout menu on your fridge and order the first thing you see.
Oftentimes, it’s due to our lack of time to prepare proper meals that lead us to eat takeout or fast food which is incredibly high in calories and fat. But, what if Spatz told you that you could have fresh and tasty meals waiting for you each night when you get home? Introducing meal prep, a fantastic way to keep you eating healthy and make your gastric balloon happy!
LET’S GET STARTED
Now, meal prep can take form in certain ways. For example, if you currently don’t even have a set framework for grocery shopping, picking a specific day to go load up on healthy foods is a perfect place to start. On the other hand, if you already cook a few times a week, a nice start to your meal prep journey may be specifying one day to prepare food for the entire week. However skilled you may be, there’s always a place to start.
To get started with meal prep, you must first choose a specific time of the week to do the preparation. Once you’ve chosen your time to chef up, plan to grab your groceries accordingly. As you begin your journey, try and plan out your meals by the week or by the month to keep things interesting. Also, as you grow more experienced with your meal prep, you can begin to keep an eye out for deals on ingredients you use often.
TIME IS OF THE ESSENCE
When it’s your meal prep day, remember to focus on preparing the foods that take the longest to cook to best manage your time. A few things that can take longer to cook are proteins (like chicken, meat, or fish), whole grains, beans, and roasted vegetables.
SNACKS ARE IMPORTANT TOO
Try to prepare food options that can be used as snacks as well as meals! When you aren’t hungry for a full meal, it’s always great to have healthy snacks around to avoid grabbing for the sugary and processed foods.
DON’T FORGET TO MULTITASK
When meal prepping, remember to multitask, meaning to use the time that one thing is in the oven to prepare the next. Time is essential!
KEEP IT FRESH
Meal Prep is an excellent way to maintain a healthy lifestyle, but storing the food properly is super important to keep up your meal prep success. Try labeling your meals with dates so you are exactly sure how long everything will stay fresh. Another tip is to store easily perishable ingredients in the areas of the fridge you see most often so that you use them before they expire.
THE SPATZ3 WEIGHT LOSS BALLOON
Ultimately, meal prepping can be an excellent way to transition to a healthier diet. Here at Spatz, we believe reaching an active and healthy lifestyle must be accomplished on all fronts; by preparing your meals for the week and avoiding fast food and takeout, you’re one step closer to reaching your weight loss goals!
As part of the Spatz weight loss program, you will be on your way to looking better than ever while building long term habits to keep you that way. By taking the small steps towards a healthier lifestyle, like meal planning or dieting and exercising, you will be on your way to losing weight like you’ve never imagined.
Good luck with your meal prep, and feel free to reach out with any questions or concerns.