More than 80 percent of your fitness results are dependent on your diet, so make sure you’re taking steps to prepare healthy meals and have some diet-friendly snacks on hand. Preparing meals for a few days at a time, and keeping your kitchen clear of unhealthy foods, will make it that much easier to achieve your fitness goals. Planning and preparation are some of the keys to success with any healthy diet program, so taking the time to organize your kitchen needs to be a high priority.
Use these five food prep tips to keep your diet on track:
#1: Organize your fridge and freezer. Take inventory of your fridge and freezer so that you can make space for storage containers and freezer bags filled with food. Clear out the fridge of any leftovers and unhealthy foods on a regular basis. Get into a routine of doing this before you go grocery shopping so you know exactly what you need to buy.
#2: Cut fruits and veggies ahead of time. Don’t wait until you’re hungry to chop up some fresh fruit or veggies for a snack. Cut them up and store them in airtight containers in the fridge so you have access to a healthy snack on hand. I like to fill up a few plastic containers with a veggie mix each week so that preparing salads and other healthy snacks is that much easier.
#3: Buy frozen fruits and veggies. If you’re always pressed for time and don’t really want to spend any time chopping up fruits and veggies each week, go frozen. Flash-frozen fruits and veggies are equally as nutritious as fresh varieties and can be a great addition to smoothies, protein shakes, and other foods.
#4: Cook in bulk. Whether you’re making a stir fry or cooking up a meal in a crockpot, get into the habit of cooking a larger recipe and placing individual portions into plastic containers for future meals. This will save you time preparing meals throughout the week and also makes it easier to manage grocery shopping duties.
#5: Use the right storage containers. You’ll find dozens of different sizes and types of food storage containers, and some are better at keeping foods fresh and edible than others. Use larger tubs and box-style containers to store larger quantities of the same type of food. If you’re making mini-meals, stick with divided containers that keep different types of food separate. Just make sure to buy the same brand or style when you plan on stacking multiple containers in the fridge or freezer so that they stack evenly and help to save space.