If you aren’t using Instagram as your central hub for meal-prep ideas, you’re missing out.
Tasty ideas are abound on the social sharing platform, all made to help you eat well, hone your chef skills, and free up some time in your week. These 4 meal prep ideas from some top Instagram meal preppers will show you how it’s done:
Mix and match simple ingredients
If you’re not into making big batches of meals, simply prep basic proteins, greens, and healthy carbs, giving you an array of ready-to-eat options that can be transformed into many healthy meals.
@shutterbean shows the way, with precut, washed, and prepped roasted tomatoes, orzo salad, hard-boiled eggs, cooked spaghetti, and more.
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Today I’m sharing with all of you my favorite Meal Prep Tips & Tricks. • Make time: 1 large batch once a week or 2 smaller batches broken up. Don’t not meal prep just because you think it’s overwhelming and time consuming. Make it fit your schedule. • Double recipes: if you’re a family of 2, cook like there’s 4 of you. This will ensure that you have leftovers for future dinners and lunches. • Find ingredients that overlap: spend your money wisely and make sure you can use ingredients in multiple recipes. If you’re making a stir fry with peppers, then maybe find another recipe for stuffed peppers, or use them raw on salads or in frittatas. • Use seasonings/compliant sauces to keep it flavorful. Don’t just use salt and pepper on everything. Experiment with spices like paprika and cayenne, oregano and parsley, or even adding cinnamon to balance out the spice. My favorite spices are from @primalpalate And my favorite dressings/marinades are @primalkitchenfoods / @thenewprimal. • Use all tools, gadgets and counter space. Get as many baking sheets as you can in your oven, use your slow cooker, instant pot and stove top as well. Cook as much as you can at once to save a lot of time. • Cook what takes the longest first. Get those recipes started first so by the end of a couple of hours when you’re feeling tired and antsy to be done, you’ll just have a few quick items left to cook. • Reheat how it was cooked. If it was baked, reheat in the oven. If you made a soup, reheat on the stove. This will make sure the flavors stay intact and don’t burn in the microwave. If you slow cooked something, reheat on the stove or oven. You can undercook your food slightly so it doesn’t overcook when you reheat it.
Use versatile foods
Ingredients that can be used in a various ways opens the door for a large variety of meals, even though you’re relying on just a few kitchen staples. Shopping and prepping becomes so much more manageable, too.
“If you’re making a stir fry with peppers, then maybe find another recipe for stuffed peppers, or use them raw on salads or in frittatas,” said Leslie McDonald of @balanced_life_leslie.
Make smoothie freezer bags
Are smoothies your go-to breakfast but you never have the time to measure out the ingredients every morning?
Toss your favourite produce into single-serving plastic bags and stash them in the freezer, as shown above on @shakeology.
When morning comes, toss the bag contents into the blender with a scoop of protein powder or nut butter, and you’re ready to kick off your day.
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Because there’s no such thing as too many snack options 😜 If you haven’t already got my 101 Healthy Snacks Ebook, make sure to click the link in bio or go to www.101healthysnacks.com ❤️ . Here are a few more ideas to add to your nutrition routine: . Snack 1: 1 rice cake with half an avocado, tomatoes & pepper Snack 2: 1 cup blueberries with a small handful of cashews and a couple pieces dark chocolate Snack 3: Ezekiel toast with 1-2 tbsp peanut butter, 1 mashed banana and 1-2 tsp chia seeds Snack 4: Grapes, @skinnycrispsglutenfree & olives Snack 5: 1/4 cup @eatbarukas nuts & chopped cucumbers Snack 6: 1 rice cake with 1-2 tbsp almond butter and handful of chocolate chips. . . . . #cleaneating #healthyeating #nutrition #cleaneats #mealprep #foodprep #fitfood #protein #weightloss #mealplan #paleo #healthychoices #mealprepsunday #healthyfood #mealprepping #macros #mealprepmonday #flexibledieting #iifym #instahealth #healthysnacks #getfit #gains #meals #healthyliving #determination #healthylifestyle
Don’t forget snacks
Everyone meal preps for the three main meals of the day, but forget that they can pre-make healthy snacks, too. Equip yourself with nutritious snacks when hunger hits, like Meowmeix‘s sweet and sour snack box.
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