If you’re looking to maintain a healthier eating plan, one thing you will want to be doing as often as possible is preparing your meals in advance. Preparing meals up ahead will both help you stay on track and help save cooking time during the week when you tend to be most busy and less likely to squeeze meal preparation into your busy day.
The important thing to note in all of this, however, is not all foods prepare as well as others. In fact, particular foods will only last a day or two while others may hold up quite well for 4 to 5 days, or, freeze very well so can be used at a later time. These are the foods you might want to focus on when doing your meal preparation.
Let’s go over the main foods you need to focus on…
1. Chicken Breast. On the protein side of things, you can’t beat chicken breasts. They’re a firmer protein source, so can do very well in the freezer for weeks at a time. Grill up a batch of 10 to 12 breasts and serve them throughout the week.
Unlike other protein sources such as fish, for instance, they won’t lose their texture when reheated.
2. Brown Rice. Brown rice should be another staple in your menu. Not only is it slow to digest so it won’t impact your blood sugar levels all that much, brown rice is also an excellent way to promote long-term energy.
It’s easy to whip up a large batch and Meal prep keep it in a Tupperware container until you’re ready to use it. As it is a heartier grain, it should stand-up to microwaving very well also.
3. Peppers. When it comes to vegetable options, many of them won’t stand up that well to reheating. Broccoli, for instance, will turn mushy, as will cauliflower.
Peppers, however, tend to do quite well. Provided they are cooked to be slightly firmer in the first place when you reheat them for meal two; they should work just fine.
4. Hard-Boiled Eggs. Finally, don’t overlook hard-boiled eggs. Boil up a dozen eggs and grab these as you need snacks throughout the day. While most egg variations won’t taste all that good when cooked ahead of time, hard-boiled eggs are one exception to this rule.
So there you have some of the top foods to consider as you get ready for your meal preparation. Use these and you’ll find meal preparation is easier than ever.