Meal Prepping - Benefits of Doing it Weekly

Felicia Atkinson

How to do it affordably weekly.
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Imagine waking up to an alarm clock everyday at 5am, going for a quick workout, scarfing down some breakfast, and heading to work.

This is what a lot of people’s morning routines look like. People don’t have a lot of time in the mornings if they work a traditional job, or if they have a long commute to work.

If this is the case for you, then you probably rely on eating out for lunch or grabbing the most convenient lunch option that you can find in your fridge. But it doesn’t have to be like this.

In fact, an easy way to make healthy meals to bring to work is by setting aside a chunk of time on Sunday evening to meal prep food for the week. This is something I started doing and it has made my life so much easier. And, it saves me time. Here’s why you should consider meal prepping too.

It can save you time.

The main reason I love meal prepping so much is because it saves me time in the mornings. I don’t have to spend 20 minutes rushing to find the ingredients to make a mediocre sandwich, but rather, all I have to do is grab my pre-made lunch as I’m heading out the door.

I don’t have a lot of time in the mornings because although I wake up early, I have to workout, take a shower, and get ready for the day. I work pretty early and have a decent drive to work, so I’m grateful for any time that I can save.

It can help you maintain a healthy diet.

At my university, there would be vending machines all around campus. From time to time, I forgot my lunch or left my snacks at home and had to purchase food from the vending machines.

As you probably know, vending machines don’t typically carry the healthiest options. Rather, they carry snacks like chips, cookies, and candy.

If you don’t meal prep or you’re in a rush and don’t have pre-made snacks ready to go for work, then you may end up eating out more for lunch, buying snacks from vending machines, all because you were in a rush and didn’t have the time to make a healthy lunch.

It cuts down cost.

In today’s day and age, everything is expensive — food, rent, gas, leisurely activities. There’s no question that it’s expensive to do pretty much anything, but with that being said, there are ways to limit your spending on unnecessary things. One of those ways is by meal-prepping.

The average person in California spends $3,295 a year dining out, while the average person in Colorado spends $3,387 dining out.

You may not realize it, but eating out is expensive, and that doesn’t even include groceries.

And, according to the Mayo Clinic, meal prepping can cut down the number of trips to the grocery store:

“With menu planning you know what your meals will look like and what you need to buy. That makes grocery shopping more efficient and cuts down on unplanned trips to buy one or two items.”

Rather than buying lunch at work or school, meal prep. It can save you more money than you might think.

Meal prepping is one of my favorite things to do. By doing so, you’re able to see exactly what foods you’re eating, it can help you sustain a healthier diet, it can save you time in the mornings, and it can greatly cut costs.

Spend an hour every Sunday evening to plan out your meals for the week. It may seem like a hassle to do, but in the grand scheme of things, it can make your life immensely easier. That’s 15–20 minutes of extra time you’ll have to enjoy your mornings. Make the most of your time and enjoy every minute of it.

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I'm an avid runner and a passionate vegan. I enjoy writing about food, work, productivity, health, fitness, and more!

Raleigh, NC

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