Updated: Jan 19, 2021
Would you travel to a foreign destination with no map or GPS? Being lost is not a great feeling and the same can be said for a weight loss journey without a meal plan. When a person decides to commit to losing weight, the final destination can seem far off and the path to getting there can be overwhelming if there is no real plan in place. Everyone cannot afford to hire a personal or private chef to come into their home and create delicious and healthy meals. When you decide to get focused on your weight-loss journey, having a plan in place to combat bad eating habits, cravings, and portion control will be key.
This is why meal prep is very important. Taking time out of your weekly schedule to prep and cook your meals will be extremely beneficial because it's almost impossible to outwork a bad diet unless you're 17 again lol! However, meal prep does not have to be so boring and time-consuming when you approach it with recipes that you already enjoy. Get out your pen and paper and write down some of your favorite recipes. Think about how they can be prepared healthier by replacing oils, cooking methods, and unhealthy ingredients. For example, if you love chicken parmesan, try marinating the chicken and baking it instead of breading the chicken for pan fry. Also, try replacing regular noodles with spaghetti squash or spiralized zucchini. These vegetables can be prepped in bulk and they are super delicious carbohydrate replacements.
One cup of spaghetti squash is approximately 31 calories, while one cup of regular pasta noodles is approximately 75 calories! This 44 calorie difference can be a major game-changer for someone looking to cut carbs. The great thing about spaghetti squash is that it's very easy to cook. One squash can yield 4 servings and this potentially gives you 4 meals. Vegetables like spaghetti squash, cauliflower, and sweet potatoes can all be roasted in bulk and are great substitutes for carbs. Remember to try and keep your meals pretty simple if you find meal prep to be a chore. Sticking to a vegetable and a protein can make the process quicker and healthier. The more ingredients you desire to add, the more time you will add to the process of creating meal prep for you and your family.
We know that some people really hate cooking and would prefer to have their meals delivered, and for that, we recommend Bowlful Meal Prep if you live in the metro Atlanta area. Bowlful meal prep is a new concept from Gorgeous Green Chef. Locally owned and chef-inspired, Bowlful is bringing fresh, chef-prepared, healthy meals to a home near you. Bowlful meal prep is great for people seeking low calorie, vegan, vegetarian, and healthy meat-eater options. Bowlful food storage containers are biodegradable making them safe for the environment and safe for food storage, unlike plastic meal prep containers. No matter what route you choose to take with your meal prep, make it easy, and make it delicious.
Have a Bowlful Day!
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