Here’s a quick guide to meal planning, meal prep and how you can use them to be more intentional with your food.
MEAL PLANNING, MEAL PREP AND INTENTIONAL EATING
Meal planning and meal prep are two terms that are bandied around A LOT! But what is the actual point of meal planning and what is the point of meal prep? Plus, how can you use them to be more intentional about eating?
MEAL PLANNING, MEAL PREP AND HOW THEY HELP YOU EAT MORE INTENTIONALLY
Meal planning and meal prep are two techniques you can use as part of setting up a system that enables you to eat more intentionally. Here’s why you should consider becoming more intentional about your eating and how these two techniques can help.
THE IMPORTANCE OF EATING INTENTIONALLY
Intentional eating is about being considered about what you eat, how you eat and when you eat. By eating in a more intentional way you can ensure that you are…
- Eating a healthy well-balanced diet
- Minimising food cravings
- Enjoying your food more
- Minimising waste
What meal planning and meal prep enable you to do is to put a system in place to always have time and energy to be intentional with your eating.
I have come to use meal planning as part of my weekly routine. I find it so much easier to be mindful about the food choices I make for me and my family if I set aside time to plan the meals ahead of each week.
My meal planning involves sitting down ahead of my weekly online grocery shop to plan the meals that we will have during the week ahead. I research new recipes, draw on my growing list of recipes we know and love and try and marry up meals with our time and energy needs on a given day.
As a result of using meal planning my family…
- Spends less on groceries
- Rarely gets caught out by an empty fridge or pantry
- Spends less on takeaway
- Eats a more balanced and healthy variety of food
- Wastes less because we use up fresh ingredients rather than using half of something and the rest going to waste
- Saves time on getting food on the table
- Has a repertoire of healthy, delicious meals on rotation
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If meal planning is the first step in a mindful eating system, then meal prep is the step where you prepare whole meals or elements of recipes ahead of schedule.
There are many ways to build meal prep into your weekly schedule. The types of meal prepping I tend to do are:
- Bulk cooking and freezing down extra portions of meals (cooking double)
- Bulk cooking base sauces and base ingredients
- Chopping and freezing vegetable mixes
- Chopping cooked meat and freezing it in meal-sized portions
- Dividing up fresh meat or fish and freezing it in meal-sized portions
I don’t tend to prep fresh raw ingredients for salads in advance, as I think they are nicer when freshly prepared.
I try to meal prep at times when we’re already cooking in the kitchen, rather than setting aside time to do a big batch of meal prep. This seems a better way to save time rather than create another chore that needs to be fitted into the weekly schedule.
READY TO GET MORE INTENTIONAL WITH YOUR MEALS?
I hope I’ve inspired you to take the time to meal plan and build some meal prep into your weekly schedule. It really will free you up to be more intentional about your eating, plus you will feel more organised and in control of what you eat and when.