Staying fit and eating healthy can become a challenge when meal prepping isn’t done right. Our quest for changing our eating habits often fails because the thought of preparing 3 meals a day with everything else going in our lives seems a bit hectic. Staying healthy becomes intimidating when we are stuck thinking what meal plan would be good for us? What ingredients should I buy? Which dietician should I follow?

This decision-making dilemma crumbles our resolve and we are tempted to let things be and just keep doing what we already do.

But if you can manage to hold on to your strong will, do some research and use some simple tips to plan your meals ahead you can have a big chance of keeping your diet under control and save a lot of your money while you’re at it.

Some things you need to know to get started with meal prepping are:

Planning: Pick recipes you want to cook for the rest of the week and go with prepping 2-3 recipes per week if you’re just starting out.

Grocery Shopping: List out the ingredients according to your meals and how much of each would you need.

Containers: Get good quality microwavable, airtight, and dishwasher safe containers of various sizes so that you can store your food easily and keep it fresh.

Meal Plans: Choose recipes that include protein, whole grains, vegetables with a minimal amount of sugar, salt, and oil. Go for recipes that have colorful ingredients and different textures so that you don't get bored with your meals. Don’t prepare too many meals or cook food in bulk because either you’ll get sick of eating the same thing or your food will go bad by residing in the fridge for too long.

Be Consistent: Have a goal in mind. When you’re feeling down and unmotivated to carry through with meal prepping, think of the long-term goals you wanted to achieve when you first started out. If you stay consistent and dedicated throughout, things will start getting easier.

To help you get started with meal prepping, I will share my go-to DIY meal prep idea that helped me on my journey to stay healthy:

Creamy Oatmeal Bowl:

What you’ll need:

½ cup of coconut milk
½ cup whole-wheat oats
½ cup seasonal berries
1 tbsp nuts
1 tbsp chia seeds
1 banana
½ tsp peanut butter/almond butter

Optional ingredients:

Flax seeds
Greek Yogurt

To make the creamy oatmeal bowl, blend bananas, peanut butter, and coconut milk together with a kitchen blender. Add whole-wheat oats to the mixture and stir to combine. Store this mixture in mason jars and refrigerate it.

Heat em up or eat em cold. Top the dish with nuts, berries, chia seeds and you’re good to go.

For an extra kick add Greek yogurt on top.