Today I wanted to talk to you about meal prepping.
Meal planning is a fantastic way to not only ensure you eat healthily but also stick to a budget!
Planning and preparing meals and snacks in advance can save you time and reduce stress around mealtimes.
Meal prep can also help hit your calorie intake and protein goals for the day, along with helping you to reach and maintain a healthy body weight.
Here are our Top Tips on how to eat healthily on a budget:
Create a meal plan for the week using up ingredients you already have and make a shopping list of any missing items.
Stick to your grocery list to avoid impulse buys and to stay on budget.
Batch cook by preparing large portions of staple foods to last throughout the week and invest in containers to store them.
Dedicate a specific day to meal prep, creating consistency.
Skip meat at least once per week and substitute it with healthy alternatives such as beans or mushrooms.
Eat leftovers for lunch. For example if you cook a whole chicken have it with rice and vegetables one evening then have the leftovers for a chicken salad for tomorrows lunch.
Frozen fruit and vegetables are underrated. They come pre-chopped and ready to use, are just as good for you and are often cheaper than fresh varieties especially when they are out of season.
Pulses, such as beans, lentils and peas, are some of the cheapest foods on the supermarket shelf. These pulses are low in calories and fat but packed with fibre, vitamins and minerals.
By meal prepping and planning ahead you will reduce food waste, each more nutritious balanced meals and avoid overspending on takeaways or excess groceries.
Why not trying meal planning for the upcoming week?
Healthier, thrifty and convenient, what is there to lose?!