CEOMOM Magazine April 2017 - Page 24

FIT MOM TAMIKA HANDY Tips for Family Meal Prepping Make a plan. Plan the day or days you plan to cook. Make sure you have allotted adequate time to prepare and cook your meals during the designated time. Prepare a grocery list. Once you have prepared your menu put together a shopping list. Before you head to the store, take inventory of your kitchen to determine what you already have. Don't go shopping hungry. Organize your cooking area. To ensure that everything runs smoothly, organize your kitchen and cooking area. Make sure you have all of the items you will need for cooking including cooking utensils and storage containers. Make it fun. Meal prepping for several days can be tedious and time consuming. Add fun to it by playing your favorite music or television show to pass the time. You can also make it a family affair. Prep for 3 a Create plus days. calendar. Prepare at least 3 days worth of food at a time. At least prepare for lunch and dinner. After a long day the last thing you want to do is cook. Avoid eating unhealthy by already having those meals. Start out slowly. Create a menu. Unless you plan on eating the same thing every day, you will need a menu. Make sure it includes any necessary recipes.  Prep snacks. Prep snacks in little baggies to keep in your bag, desk, purse etc. Having easy access to healthy snacks will help curve cravings and unhealthy eating habits. Make  large Have portions. fun. If you're new to meal prepping, don't jump right in by planning for 3 meals a day, 7 days a week. Start out slowly by making sure dinner is prepped for a few nights. Work your way to more intense meal planning. Making large portions ensures you will have leftovers (unless you're feeding a football team). Leftovers equal less meals to prepare. It also prevents eating out which increases unhealthy eating habits.