Food prep is an essential part of any healthy lifestyle, it can help us make good, nutritional choices (instead of reaching for the takeaway menu!), reduce waste and can also help us control what we are spending on food.
Just putting aside a couple of hours on a Sunday to roast vegatables, boil eggs, grill chicken or bung some ingredients into a slow cooker can save you so much time in the week.
Here's a few tips on how to get started with food prep:
1. Invest in a pair of food scales
Even if you're not tracking your calories or macros, buying a pair of food scales is a good idea- you'll be amazed at how much we can overestimate amounts which in turn can lead to over-eating. Also always remember to weigh your meats raw and your pasta/rice dry.
2. Get some tupperware!
Tupperware is the holy grail of meal prep! Buy a variety of different sizes (and make sure they fit in your freezer!) perfect for portioning up single servings and freezing leftovers.
3. Use a slow cooker
You remember that slow cooker that your mum/nan/aunt bought you when you went to uni/moved out? Dig it out out of its hiding place and dust it off as it's one of the greatest meal prep food hacks you can adopt. Slow cookers allow you to create tasty meals with minimum effort, check out I Love my Slow Cooker for some great recipes (and buy one if you aren't lucky enough to own one!)
4. Mix it up!
Eating is like exercise - variety is the spice of life! Make sure that you're mixing up your food choices so that you can continue to make choices and not get bored and fall of the bandwagon.