If you have been reading my blog for a while or if you know me personally you know that planning things (everything) is definitely my thing. So in an effort to eat healthier and maximize my grocery shopping I have begun meal prepping.
This has become a very popular trend in many households. And it is imperative for people and families that are trying to live a healthier lifestyle as a new way of life.
Beyond that there are many lessons to be learned from this process.
First you will have to plan for 5 meals a day for 7 or 14 days times the number of people you are responsible for feeding.
What does that teach us? How important our resources are…time, food, imagination, and the freezer.
In your life you are going to want to maximize your time, be grateful for all the things we have (like unlimited foods and freezer technology) and have fun-use your imagination!
Second you have to be able to think out of the box.
Meal prepping has to be varied. You can’t pick 4 meals and rotate them through your meal plan…you will get so tired of your routine that you will slip and quit this newly found and positive habit.
So learning tip, find at least 14 recipes that you can rework in quantity and nutritional value that you can use to add variety to your cooking and eating.
Don’t try to cook all 14 at a time! That’s just crazy–and exhausting–think out of the box, but don’t throw the box out!
Learning to be forward thinking, numbers oriented and how to use strategic skills are very good things to know in this ever changing world of ours.
Third we need flexibility in our lives–especially in our eating habits.
There was a time and place for cooking a big meal and the family ate together–at a table–every night. Children were expected to eat was was made or not eat at all.
While I don’t think we should be short order cooks, in this very busy life we have created prepping meals ahead of time means we can still eat together without having to eat the same things.
This small change teaches us we can meet the likes of all the eaters in our lives and still provide them healthy meals…save time and money…and avoid the fast food line!
This also teaches us that what is important is not the quantity of a food that is important but the quality of the nutrition we are providing those we love.
And fourth, especially in households with kids, we should involve all the family members in the process of meal prepping.
Each person can have an age appropriate chore to be done as part of the meal prepping process. Someone can do all the cutting and chopping, while another mixes and cooks and yet another can keep the area and tools clean. Dishes won’t do themselves you know!
This teaches us the best lesson of all–with teamwork much more can get accomplished than just challenging the world alone!
The family who preps together–stays together!
Happy Monday! Leave a comment below and let me know if you are a meal prepper! What is your favorite go to recipe?