Where to begin? That is the question.
Meal prepping can seem overwhelming, how to get started is a question many people ask. It can look like a lot of work, you might not know which recipes are best for meal prep, or maybe you already meal prep but find yourself eating the same recipes each week. Let A Dash of Macros help by providing exciting meal prep recipes every week. Great for those who enjoy macro counting or calories counting.
How I got started:
My name is Jenn and I have been there, wondering where to start. I began my meal prep journey about 4 years ago when I needed to loose 30 pounds, after breaking my foot and being unable to workout. I learned about meal prep from my nutritionist, she taught me about the ways of counting macros.
Meal prepping made counting macros and meeting my macros goals so much easier. Even better, the weight started falling off! However I also found myself eating the same recipes every few weeks. You don’t know me, but that is not me…I LOVE to cook! So I started cooking again, trying new recipes, figuring out what recipes worked and didn’t work for meal prep. Truly learning about the food that I was putting into my body, becoming an an expert about the nutrients in everything. This made it very to make adjustment to my recipes to fit my macros.
That’s where I found my new passion. In the creation of meal prep recipes that allows for easy adjustments for those counting macros or calories. To share this passion with the world of my fellow meal peppers, macro, and calorie counters. To provide you with exciting new recipes every single week, to prevent you from falling into the same routine, the same boring recipes week in and week out. Taking all the guess work out!
Let me save you time:
After years of trail and error, I can provide you with exactly what you need to know to get started with meal prep, to help you:
- Enjoy a better variety of meals
- Easily adjust recipes to meet your macro and/or calorie goals
- Eat healthier
- Meal prep with ease
- Save money by reducing food waste
- Weekly meal planning
If you have never prepped before…Where to start:
Start small! You do not have to meal prep every single meal of every day. You can leave room for being creative and cooking throughout the week if you want. Or saving some macros/calories for eating out.
Starting small still provides you with some great benefits and allows you to get the hang of meal prep slowly.
- Picking one of my recipes to prep. Snacks and breakfast are a great place to start. They tend to be easy recipes and you can eat them almost any time of day.
- Double up the ingredients of one of your favorite recipes so you have left overs…yup that is also meal prep!
- Cook a few chicken breast following my perfect juicy chicken recipe, then slice them up and keep in the fridge to add to salads, grains, pastas, or eat as part of a protein snack during the week.
- Prep veggies by, washing and chopping them up. This will allow you to have them ready for snacking, and available for adding to recipes…saving time on prep work later.
All of the above will help to get you more comfortable with meal prepping. Before you know it you will be prepping, 2 meals a week, then 3, then 4, then as many as you want for how ever many people you want!
Here are a few of my favorite snack/breakfast recipes that are EASY to start your prepping journey:
Tips for beginners:
- Use reliable recipes: This is where A Dash of Macros comes in handy. I have tested, adjusted, and tweaked every recipe ensuring they are great for meal prep.
- Give yourself the time: Schedule it, put it on your calendar, meal prep can be fun, when your not stressed for time. If you have a plan and a schedule you will find meal prep relaxing and rewarding.
- Keep it simple: Start small with snacks, then add in more meals as you become more comfortable. You will be prepping several meals at one time, in no time.
- Have fun: Use ingredients you love, crack up the music, listen to an audio book, or watch some Netflix (if your TV faces the kitchen) while you’re cooking!
Meal Prepping: How to get started with the right containers.
I personally prefer glass containers over plastic for several reasons:
- Glass containers don’t scratch, meaning you can eat your prepped meals right out of your containers and not worry about those extra dishes. Did you know that once a plastic container is scratched you should toss it out? The scratch in a plastic container can hold germs and bacteria.
- Glass is free from chemicals. Sure, you can buy BPA free plastic containers but who knows what else makes up plastic. It’s better to just go with glass and not have to worry about contaminating your food with the plastic containers.
- They are microwave, dishwasher, oven, fridge, and freezer safe. Again making life just that much easier: fewer dishes when re-heating, you can cook the initial prep right in the glass container…all of which makes clean up a breeze.
- Food re-heats more evenly in a glass container.
- With glass, food stays fresher longer. Strange tastes and smalls aren’t absorbed into your food, the way they can from plastic containers.
- Glass containers last longer. So while they might cost a little more up front, you will save money in the long run over having to replace plastic.
Here are just a few of my favorites:
- Single compartment glass containers
- Two compartment glass containers
- Three compartment glass containers
- Glass 16 oz Mason Jars