You all know how much I love meal prep. It saves me time and money, and it makes my life so much easier! But one of the reasons I truly love meal prep is what it does for my fitness goals. As many of you, I have a lot going on in my life. It can be hard to juggle all the different tasks and priorities some days! So I depend on meal prep to help me hit my fitness goals without having to put extra thought into it on a daily basis!
When I get home from work with a growing to-do list the last thing I want to be worrying about is “what’s for dinner?”. I don’t want to have to spend 30-45 minutes cooking a healthy meal for Draz and myself when I could be working on the next blog post or a new piece of jewelry! And I especially don’t want to cook after a hard workout session at the gym! Instead, I want to be able to get home from the gym, pull out healthy, already cooked meal, heat it up and get to work. And that is where meal prep comes in.
With meal prep, I am able to plan out healthy, filling meals for Draz and I and get the cooking done in one session. Then there is no stress or easy excuses for bad food decisions for the rest of the week 🙂 Sounds great, doesn’t it?! So here are a few tools to help you plan out your own healthy meal prep so you can work towards your fitness goals with a little less stress.
Probably at the top of my list is MyFitnessPal. Available on your computer and your phone, this calorie tracker is super helpful in planning meals that meet your goals! While I don’t track calories or macros on a regular basis, I use MFP semi-regularly to make sure I’m on track. I also use it to calculate calories and macros for a new recipe, especially if it is one I’m unsure about. This tool is great for building up a list of healthy recipes to choose from as well. Put in a bunch of your favorite healthy recipes as you meal prep and after a month or two you could just plan your meal prep from your recipe list if you wanted to!
Healthy Food Blogs to Help you Reach Your Fitness Goals
There are so many great options out there for finding healthy recipes, but my favorite way is healthy food blogs. Once you find a few favorite ones, it’s easy to find new recipes to try and you know that you are going to be able to find ones that fit your fitness goals! Here are a few of my favorites:
- The Lean Green Bean – Lindsay is a registered dietitian and has an amazing blog filled with healthy recipes, meal prep tips and guides, and much more! Her blog is actually what got me started originally on meal prep! Along with that, quite a few of our staple recipes are from her blog, my favorite being the Peanut Butter Banana Oat Muffins.
- Eat Yourself Skinny – Kelly has so many delicious recipes on here! Our favorite Chicken Enchilada recipe is from here!
- Organize Yourself Skinny – I love Tammy’s focus on healthy food with meal prep and fitness! Her site focuses on so many things that are important to me, plus has delicious recipes! While I could list 10+ recipes of her’s I make on a regular basis, her Shredded Buffalo Chicken is eaten almost daily in our house! It is the chicken I use in our mason jar salads and is wonderful 🙂
Don’t want to deal with planning out your meal prep? While I do prefer to plan out my own menus, there is something to be said for not even having to plan out your prep! There are many other healthy meal plans out there. So if this is your preference, do some shopping around to find one that fits your tastes and give it a try!
What tools do you use to plan your meals? Have you tried to plan out your meals to help you meet your fitness goals? I would love to hear your thoughts, so please leave a comment below!