They say abs are made in the kitchen. What ‘they’ forget to tell you is that ‘meal prep skills’ are, well… not. Sigh.
As it turns out, nailing one’s meal prep requires a little planning BEFORE the actual prep (wish ‘they’ had mentioned that!).
So, to help you get yours down to an art, we called upon SWEAT trainer Kelsey Wells (I mean, the proof is in the abs!) to share her top tips and the three main mistakes all preppers should avoid:
Getting one’s meal prep game down just right seems to be a bit of an art! What would you say are the three biggest mistakes you see people make when going about it?
One big mistake that people tend to make when it comes to meal prep is they over complicate it.
Meal prep doesn’t have to be complicated, finding simple and quick food options are going to make it easier for you and therefore you’ll be more likely to prep.
Another mistake I see is going in without a plan. Planning is crucial when it comes to food prepping!
Being organised and knowing exactly what you’re going to make and what ingredients you need will set you up to succeed.
Lastly, people who are meal prepping can sometimes find it overwhelming and let it stress them out.
Again, the key here is to find food options that you enjoy and don’t involve too much cooking or baking. This will help make it an easier part of your daily or weekly routine.
Ultimately, the whole point of prepping is to save time. What are your top tips for minimising the time spent in the kitchen?
First and foremost, keep it simple – I can’t stress this enough. I, for one, am not a cook, so I will always choose foods and meals that involve minimal effort.
If you’re finding it too overwhelming to prepare full meals, take a step back and perhaps only prep your meat or your protein for the week.
I would say that having fresh fruits and veggies on hand to supplement for snacking is also key.
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FOOD DIARY! . Morning: ACV (apple cider vinegar) Greens drink. Breakfast: Greek yogurt bowl with fresh fruit . Pre-workout: Iced latte. Post-workout: Protein smoothie (find my fave recipes at kelseywells.com/blog). Lunch: turkey wrap with lettuce, tomato, pickles, peppers, mustard and a peach. Snack: hard boiled eggs and raw veggies. Dinner: Grilled chicken and veggies over quinoa. Snack: avo toast with tomato and lemon juice. . Photo: @rainbowplantlife www.kelseywells.com/app
What advice would you give to someone who is just starting out with meal prep?
Start with food you know you will enjoy, this will make it so much easier.
We gotta know: what’s your fool-proof go-to meal prep dish when you don’t have much time to plan?
Slow cooker chilli chicken! I chuck everything into the one pot and let it cook for a couple of hours. Honestly, slow cooker meals are they best. I go about my day, come home and they’re all done and taste delicious!
I usually get at least 2-3 days worth of dinners out of a single pot, which I love.
Do you have any sneaky kitchen hacks that make prep time a whole lot easier?
Make sure you have everything ready to go before you start cooking or baking. Go through your food list, make sure you have all the right ingredients, chop what needs to be chopped.
Being prepared for your food prep is essential and will save you time!
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FOOD DIARY! . Morning: ACV (apple cider vinegar) Greens drink. Breakfast: Oatmeal with fresh berries. Pre-workout: Iced coffee. Post-workout: Protein Smoothie (check my blog at kelseywells.com for some of my go-to protein shake recipes!). Lunch: Big Bowl with quinoa, kale, cherry tomatoes, black beans, corn, avo! I actually made my own dressing out of olive oil, lime juice, and some spices! So yum. Snack: Apple with almond butter. Dinner: Zucchini noodles sautéed with cherry tomato, grilled veggies, roasted sweet potato cubes, topped with pumpkin seeds! Snack: Protein Bar. . I FEEL best when I fuel my body with nutrient dense, less processed foods! Makes a world of difference for my energy, digestion, and skin. Remember eating clean doesn’t need to mean bland or boring.😋😘 . Photo: @hailethomas 👏🏼💛 www.kelseywells.com/app . #pwr #kelseywellspwr #pwrprogram #eatclean #nourish #foodisfuel #yum #noms #healthspo
Prepping is one thing, making it a habit is a whole other story. What’s your best advice for getting into a routine of prepping on the regular?
My advice is to schedule it into your week ahead of time and make it a priority. If you’re like me and don’t do intense meal prepping, just try preparing your protein ahead of time.
That will save you so much time in the kitchen. Then once you’ve got that down pat you can start adding more meal prep tasks.
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