Every one of us has gotten home at some point or another after a long day of work and had no idea what they were going to eat for dinner. In this instance, many of us run to our phones to order pizza or another takeout choice, which is probably not going to be our most healthy option. Working long hours at our jobs and taking care of other responsibilities will make us think making every meal for ourselves is going to be much too time consuming on any given day.
Fortunately, there is another option: make ahead meals. The following are some benefits you can expect to gain if you decide to start making your meals ahead of time and start meal prepping.
More control of our diet
In general, making our own meals means that they will likely be much more healthy. We can control how much salt we put into each dish and will be conscious of the ingredients, which is much different than just picking out something from a menu. When you make your own food, you can decide how nutritious your meals are and the exact ingredients that make it up. You can do things like blending vegetables to add to your sauce or using local whole grain bread for your sandwiches, which is something you’d be hard-pressed to find at a restaurant.
It saves a lot of time
It might seem like you wouldn’t save time by making all of your meals ahead, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. How often do you look into your fridge and in your cabinets trying to figure out what to make? With make ahead meals, all of the guesswork of what your next meal is going to be and you will also make better choices throughout the week.
Keeps more money in your pocket
Ordering food and paying for delivery is expensive, and if you’re doing this more than once a week, your money is just going out the window. If you go to the store without a menu plan in mind for the week, you’re also probably buying food that just ends up going into the trash can.
The best way to meal prep successfully for the week is to set aside a few hours on the Sunday before the week starts. Plan out exactly what meals you want for the week, including breakfast, lunch, and dinner. For meals you’re planning on Thursday and Friday, put the ingredients in a freezer bag and store there until the morning of. If you have a slow cooker in your kitchen, utilize it! Slow cooker meals are simple and dinner will be ready when you walk in the door.
While it takes some time and planning at the beginning of the week, you’ll be happy throughout the week that you decided to follow through with this plan!