On the weekends, I go to Kroger and get protein and veggies to get ready for the upcoming week. I go home and cook everything at once and separate it into individual meals. While I do not necessarily do this for the health reasons associated, it has ended up being a benefit. I get inspiration and ideas from digital outlets such as Pinterest and even specific brand websites such as Kraft. Please see all the benefits below:
- Saves me time:
Having meals already cooked and prepped saves me time because it has cut down on the number of times I go to the grocery store per week to only one. It also prevents me from having to leave work to run to a restaurant and grab lunch. Each day, when I am ready for dinner, all I have to do is go to the fridge and warm up a meal. I don’t have to go through the cooking process everyday which usually takes me about an hour. That is very valuable time to me right now because I have school work to finish or jobs to apply for.
- Saves me money:
When I meal prep, I have all my lunches for the week ready to go and I don’t need to buy as many meals to get me through the day. Jimmy John’s is right by where I work, and trust me, it is so easy to walk over and get a sandwich. But each time I go, it is at least an $8 trip. If I do this 2-3 times a week that is a lot of money, especially considering I have food in my refrigerator that is already paid for and just needs to be cooked. Here, I am only talking about lunch, but going out to eat for dinner is generally more expensive than JJ’s. By meal prepping, I limit my number of meals out per week to 2 or 3 (that includes lunch and dinner) and in the long run, that really saves me a lot of money.
While not going to restaurants and eating out saves me money, it also encourages me to eat more unhealthy foods. Who doesn’t love a number 1 from Chick Fil A? They are delicious but so bad for you. When I meal prep, I am very strict to have a protein and veggies. This ends up being better for me because it is healthy and nutritious option.
Of course, there are always downsides to every good thing. For me, the downside of meal prep is having to eat the same thing over and over all week. I usually try to make two different meals and alternate them during the week, but still, it gets really old. But that is also why I allow myself 2-3 meals out, so I can get some differentiation in there.