How to Make Meal Prep More Fun
Sometimes the whole meal-prepping thing can feel overwhelming and time consuming. Especially when we tend to push it off until the last minute. But c’mon, who wouldn’t want to procrastinate cooking food that you can’t eat right after you finish?
I get it - the planning, the cooking, and the daunting clean up at the end. So I thought of a few ideas that may help your afternoon (or evening) of meal-prepping go by more quickly, and make it a bit more fun.
Invite Your Friends
It’s likely that you’re not the only one of your friends or family who are meal prepping over the weekend. Why not make a night of it with your friends or even your significant other? With the extra hands, you can make double batches of your meal, or even share-and-swap meals with your cooking partner. Plus, you’ll have less clean-up time at the end. What’s a better feeling than being with loved ones and helping each other reach healthy goals inside the kitchen?
Listen to an Audiobook or Podcast
I don’t know about you, but music can sometimes get boring after a while, and become easy to tune out. I try and listen to a podcast on my commute to work, but I only live 20 minutes away so I rarely am able to finish. So sometimes I knock out two birds with one stone and listen to a podcast while I cook. Podcasts are a fantastic way to learn something new or inspire creativity. The next time you’re mindlessly chopping away at those veggies, try turning on a podcast or audiobook. I’ve found listening to a podcast helps the time fly by more quickly!
Have the Correct Tools
To save yourself future irritation, it’s important to check, before you begin cooking, that you have all of the right tools! I can’t tell you how many times I have finished cooking, only to find that my tupperware is all used up and sitting in my fridge.
Some meal-prep essentials include:
Measuring cups and spoons
Slow cooker (while this isn’t entirely essential, I’ve found it to be extremely essential with my week-to-week meal-prepping)
A glass of wine (if that’s your jam!)