10 Meal Prep Tips Every Beginner Should Know


If you’re new to meal prepping, you may be intimidated or confused by what you see on social media. You don’t have to cook everything you’ll eat all week in a single day, and you don’t need to spend a lot of money on new equipment. The main thing to focus on — at first, at least — is learning to create nutritious, balanced meals. Once you establish that meal prep habit, research shows your body will thank you.

A study found that individuals who plan and prep their meals are more likely to have better adherence to nutritional guidelines as well as increased food variety.

In other words, they’re more likely to eat a well-rounded, healthy diet with many different nutrients. Who doesn’t want that?

If you’re curious about how to meal prep and ready to take the plunge, there’s no need to pressure yourself into an overnight change. Erin Palinski-Wade, RD, the New Jersey–based author of Belly Fat Diet for Dummies, suggests starting small so you don’t get overwhelmed. “Start with planning and preparing just one meal time in advance. For instance, meal prep only lunch,” she says. “Then build up to prepping and planning ahead for all meals over time.”

How do you begin that process, you might ask? Try these meal prep tips from experts who have done it for years and have the whole thing down to a science.

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