Meal Prep 101: Tips and Advice for Healthy Meal Planning

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Meal Prep 101: Tips and Advice for Healthy Meal Planning

Meal prep, or preparing meals in advance, is a growing trend that can greatly simplify your life. Now more than ever, Canadians are aware of the importance of eating healthily, and that starts with planning. At TeamNutrition, we understand that good eating goes beyond fad diets. That's why we offer you some tips and advice to succeed in your meal planning while embracing intuitive eating.

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Why Adopt Meal Prep?

  • Save time during the week: No more stress about finding a last-minute meal idea. Everything is already ready and patiently waiting in the fridge!

  • Save money: By planning your meals, you reduce food waste and avoid meals at restaurants or take-out.

  • Eat healthier: Better organization allows you to make healthier choices and avoid the temptation of processed meals.

Tips for Starting Out

  1. Determine your needs: Before diving in, take a moment to consider your needs. How many meals do you need to prepare? Do you have any dietary preferences or restrictions?

  2. Plan your menu: Think about varied meals that you enjoy. Forget about precise quantities and focus on variety and taste. Set aside one day a week to make your meal choices and encourage each family member to choose one. It's possible to choose meals based on what you have in your pantry and fridge. This will facilitate planning and reduce waste. Finally, consider recipes that use some of the same ingredients; it will simplify your meal prep even further.

  3. Make a grocery list: Once the menu is set, make a list of all the necessary ingredients. This will prevent impulsive buying!


Practical Tips for Efficient Preparation

  • Invest in quality containers: Choose airtight containers, ideally made of glass, to store your meals. Don't forget to label them with the preparation date.

  • Consider meals that keep well: Some dishes, like stews, legume salads, or soups, keep better and can even gain flavor after a few days.

  • Maximize your time: During your meal prep session, think about preparing ingredients used in multiple meals. For example, if you’re roasting vegetables, make a large batch for several meals.

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Intuitive Eating in Planning

The essence of meal prep, according to TeamNutrition's approach, is listening to your body. Rather than following a strict diet with lots of forbidden foods, we advocate listening to your needs and desires. It is entirely possible to plan meals while remaining attentive to your hunger and fullness.

The secret? Variety. By offering your body different nutrients and a wide range of flavors, you better meet its needs while savoring each bite. To learn more about intuitive eating, read our article on the subject.

In Conclusion

Adopting meal prep can significantly simplify your daily life while ensuring you eat healthily. At TeamNutrition, we believe that healthy eating is balanced, joyful, and intuitive.

Don't hesitate if you need advice or support to integrate intuitive eating into your routine. Our dietitian-nutritionists are here to guide you.

Do you wish to benefit from an expert's advice? Book an appointment now with one of our dietitian-nutritionists and breathe new life into your diet.

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