True story: Cooking is hard. It’s time consuming and tedious. And some nights, we’re so tired that we’d rather pay an arm and a leg for some so-so takeout than fire up the stove for a delicious homemade meal. That’s why meal prep is our everything right now.
Spend a few hours planning in advance and you hardly need to lift a finger for an entire week! Best of all, it’s the easiest way to really control the quality (and quantity) of what you’re eating. Whether you’re a meal prep pro looking for more inspiration or you’re embarking on a brand new clean eating kick, these resources will help you hit the kitchen with confidence.
50 Resources That Make Meal Prep a Snap
How to Plan
Good habits don’t just develop overnight. When life gets busy, odds are good you’ll reach for whatever’s easiest. (Cough, cough, vending machine snacks, takeout menus, leftover pizza.) The secret to preventing last-minute decision making? Get ahead of the game with these printable calendars, smartphone apps and other tips to upgrade your planning skills. You’ll never stare down an empty fridge again.
What to Buy
When it comes to healthy eating, a little retail therapy could help make your kitchen your happy place. Measuring tools to help you stay on top of those pasta portions? A blender that’s sized for one serving? Spiffy lunchboxes that make leftovers more exciting? We’ve got you covered.
Raise your hand if you’ve got a graveyard of expired canned goods in your pantry cupboard. A bit of clutter may seem like NBD, but unfortunately your kitchen cleanliness is actually directly related to your eating habits. Ready to cut the hoarding and start fresh? From purging old appliances to clearing counter space, here’s your ultimate guide to a happier, healthier kitchen.
Hacks on Hacks on Hacks
Tricks that will help make life easier? Sign us up! From painless smoothie clean up to brilliant, multipurpose ways to use kitchen appliances, these meal prep hacks will help you save money and eat better.
Inspiration from Instagram, and Beyond
You’re famished; the grocery store’s too crowded; your favorite takeout place is on your way home. When you feel like giving up or giving in, it helps to know that you don’t need to reinvent the wheel just to eat a little healthier. Check out these delicious (and time-saving) meal prep ideas from chefs, trainers, celebrities and other experts, and you’ll never feel starved for inspiration.
Straight from Our Trainers
Take a page from Daily Burn trainers and coaches for how to recover properly and stay satisfied. Check out “a day in the life” of these super-active instructors and you just might be surprised at what “real” people eat. Sure, you’ll see green salads and nourishing soups, but there’s also bacon and ice cream ahead…because, balance!
If you avoid cooking at all costs, it’s time to change that. Apart from saving lots of money when you DIY, making home-cooked meals can help you consume fewer calories. And if you think you need to slave away in the kitchen for hours, well, you are sorely mistaken. We’ve got you covered with a slew of healthy make-ahead recipes that require minimal ingredients and prep time. From breakfasts perfect for on-the-go to dinners you can make in just one pot, these ideas will keep your taste buds and your wallet happy.
Big Batch Snack Recipes
Every good meal prepper knows the joy of having a scrumptious snack ready for when hunger strikes. (Hanger, be gone!) With an energy bite or protein bar stashed in your bag or desk, you’ll never be caught hungry and empty handed. Got a sweet tooth? Chia puddings will be right up your alley. Steal these ideas and you’ll be able to roll with whatever the day may bring.