There’s a ritual that happens every Sunday in my life – meal prep. It really helps with staying on track with a busy schedule and kids activities.
I have found that having my meals planned out of my fridge stocked also makes me hit my goals in the gym. Remember if you “fail to plan, plan to fail!” It can help you too.
In doing so, I have added a few kitchen tools over time I use to help with meal planning and keeping on track.
Here are seven meal prep tool essentials
Clear and stackable containers – glass or plastic
Clear containers let you see exactly what you have on hand. Stackable containers – glass or plastic – are key to maximizing space. They are also easy for loading your lunch meal bag (* I have three different 6 Pack Fitness bags) to take your lunches to work with you daily.
They are also easy for loading your meal bag to take your lunches to work with you daily. I have a few glass containers, but a majority of my containers are plastic. I try to replace the plastic containers often.
A quality knife for meal prep can make all the difference. Your chopping and slicing will streamline the process when you have a good quality knife.
Don’t make your meal prep into a workout. Save your energy for the gym and get a set of high-quality knives. I recently bought myself a nice ceramic carving knife and holy crap, it’s night and day vs. grabbing a dull old steak knife out of the drawer and struggling to get things done.
When prepping meals, stay on track by measuring your portion sizes – if weight loss is your main goal. Focusing on the kitchen scale and not the bathroom scale has helped me lose weight.
A foldable scale makes it easy to take on the go. You can throw it in your purse or backpack without taking up much space.
What goes hand in hand with the kitchen scale? That would be measuring cups. You can’t eyeball how much something is. You need to measure if you want to see a difference in your waistline and your overall health.
A no-brainer for anyone who likes to cook, especially if you like trying new recipes. Never again will you have to eyeball a teaspoon of coconut oil and get it completely wrong.
Remember, accurate measurements translate into consistent results. These are my favorite measuring cups because they are collapsable and make them easy to throw in a bag.
Clean up is easy and you don’t have to do much. Toss everything in and let the crockpot do all the work for you. A few hours later, bam – your meal is done.
Slow cooking food is the way to go when you want to meal prep a healthy meal or make a healthy meal during the week while you’re at work. It’s one of my favorite healthy meal prep tools and I couldn’t live without it!
Sliced, shredded and chopped items are much easier and faster with a food processor. I don’t know how I lived without one of these until I got it.
A food processor is great to help with meal prepping vegetables to use later in the week. Sweet potatoes, zucchini, onions are all friends and it is so easy to make fresh salsa in it.
I bought my Nutribullet for two things – protein ice cream and salsa. Fresh homemade salsa is my favorite because it can be used with a variety of proteins and with Tostito chips.
You also can make protein shakes and green drinks using a Nutribullet.
What kitchen tools are a part of your meal prep process?
Meal prep and planning doesn’t have to be difficult. With the right tools, it can be quick and even efficient.
How to meal prep successfully
The best way to be successful in meal prepping is to keep it simple. Start small and figure out what would make your life easier.
It’s easy to get overwhelmed if you do too many things at once in the kitchen. I recommend that you pick just one meal to start. If that’s breakfast, then do that. If it’s cooking a little more at dinner so you can have lunch to take to work, choose that.
Prepping just one meal ahead will give you the benefits of meal prepping. These egg muffins are one of my favorites to prep ahead of time for a couple days.
And if you don’t want to cook, you also can try using a service like Dinnerly where you can customize your meals for the week. You can get meals delivered for two or for an entire family.
Do you prep individual meals or bulk prep items to be sorted later?