With food flying off the shelves during this current pandemic, it can be extremely challenging to begin to meal prep, and try and maintain a healthy diet. However, it is extremely important to do so, especially now as the food we eat has a major effect on our health, immune system, and fighting infections. Below are 4 tips that will help you meal prep.
Plan Your Meals
Planning meals for the upcoming week will help you to know exactly what you want to buy, what type meal you want to eat for that week, and help you calculate how much you need to spend on food.
In regards to shopping for food, I highly recommend Amazon Fresh as a cheaper and more efficient way to shop. You can get the same branded items from top brands, and they specialise in same-day delivery.
Pick out the ingredients/macros
The main ingredients you will need for a meal are; protein (e.g legumes, fish, poultry, tofu), carbohydrates (e.g. pasta, rice, potatoes, bread, oats), fats (e.g olive oil), and vegetables. These macros are essential for health.
Try to build your meals around fruit/vegetables
For instance, for breakfast built around blueberries, you could make blueberry pancakes, or spinach pasta could be a lunch option for a meal built around spinach. Building around a vegetable base ensures that your food remains healthy and nutritious to maintain optimum health, which is important now more than ever.
Add the proteins, carbs and fats
These macros are as essential as vegetables, and each one should take up 1/4 of your plate. Protein is vital for maintaining muscle tissue, red blood cells, and hormone and enzyme production, and carbs provide energy for the brain, muscles, and other organs.
Et Voila! A healthy meal made with love..
Now you should have a recipe for creating healthy meals that are nutritious, and doesn’t break the bank! I hope this provides you some useful tips in maintaining your health through this difficult time. Remember to stay strong, look after yourself, and stay home!