You may associate the term “meal prepping” with fitness fanatics and workout junkies, but in reality, it's a practice that can benefit everyone. It may sound overwhelming, but once you get the hang of it, meal prepping can become second nature. Here are some basic tips to help get you started.

According to BodyBuilding.com, the first step to successful meal prepping is picking the day that you prepare the week’s food plan and cook in advance. Have your meals planned out before your supermarket trip, and not the other way around. It’s also helpful to buy very versatile foods on your weekly shopping trip that not only last for a long time but can be used in a variety of dishes to make your supermarket trips less hectic.

Fitness expert Kayla Itsines explained that you don’t have to specifically cook each meal on one day. Instead, you can simply prep for the meals, such as marinating a chicken breast and placing it in the freezer, or making a sauce for a certain night’s meal to make the cooking process on the actual night much shorter.

Depending on the meals and the amount of food you are prepping, this could take up one or two days a week. However, it ensures that you stick to you diet and don’t back out due to pure laziness. It’s important to sit down and properly plan out each night's dinner plan.

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Snacks are also an important part of meal prepping because when we are hungry, we’re most likely to grab, well, whatever is around. It helps to ensure that only healthy snacks are within arm's reach. In addition, you don’t have to go at the whole meal prepping business on your own. There are plenty of apps and websites to help guide you along the way and make the process a little bit more enjoyable.

Meal prepping provides serious benefits. For example, one study showed that overall, workers who bring their meals to work eat healthier than those who buy food at work. These benefits are also passed down to your children, as parents who meal prep for themselves are also more likely to give healthy home-cooked meals to their kids.

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