As a freelancer, you never know where your life might bring you. You could be in an Uber on your way to a client meeting or working nonstop until 2 am. Life might be unstable, but your meals shouldn’t be.
Meal prep not only build some stability in your life, but it also helps to prevent you from being “hangry”, which might harm your customer relationship. Even if you are not meal prepping, it is a great idea to bring some snacks with you to keep your energy up.
Here are 5 steps to start meal prepping to conquer your day:
1. Know your objectives-
Like anything else in life, you need to figure out your objective with meal prep. Is it to increase your intake of fiber? Is it because you want to save money? Increase the intake of protein and build more muscles? Figure out your objective before you come up with a plan
2. Find Recipes-
After finding your objectives, find recipes that would fit your objectives. Experiment with it to make sure they taste good so you can stick to your meal prep plan. If the recipes aren’t great, find something else that suits your taste buds better. No one wants to eat a bad meal. And if the food tastes horrible, you might leave it in the fridge to rot instead of being motivated to bring it to work. Depending on your skillset, you want to find recipes that match your skill level instead of being frustrated by a complicated recipe with over 50 ingredients.
3. Start Small-
After finding a recipe, start small. A small batch could be less overwhelming and also, if you hate the recipe, you will be wasting less food than if you had started out making a big batch. Again, test, experiment, and repeat. If you like a recipe you tested, make a batch slightly bigger than your regular dinner and pack the leftover for the next day. Boom! You meal prepped!
4. Get Containers-
One of the objectives of meal prepping is to reduce waste, so make sure to get durable, reusable containers so you can pack your meals for the week.
5. Figure Out Your Schedule-
It takes planning to meal prep. Figure out your schedule and plan ahead. Allow yourself a slot in the week such as a time in the weekend to meal prep for the week. This could be a time that you grocery shop and cook.
Treehouse Society has a half-sized kitchen for the meals you prepped!