For someone like me, the hardest part about meal prep is making sure I don’t get bored with my meals halfway through the week. Seeing endless photos of multiple containers of the same dinner for seven days in a row actually deters me from being more committed to meal prep. Here are a few simple tips to continue eating clean while embracing variety.
- Instead of cooking big-batch meals, prepare multiple servings of separate ingredients. For example, instead of pre-packaging a week’s worth of burrito bowls with all the fixings, store your rice, proteins, beans, and veggies into their own containers. This way, if you get tired of that burrito bowl midway through the week, you can use the different ingredients to come up with a new meal. Put the toppings on top of some fresh greens for a salad, or grill up some tortillas and add some cilantro and lime to the rice for tacos and a side.
- You don’t have to make one day a designated meal prep day. Feel free to break up “meal prep day” into multiple days. Aside from being tiring and super time-consuming, this is a sure-fire way to not look forward to nicely presenting the food, something that makes eating prepped meals way more fun. If you have a little more time in the mornings or nights, use that time to prep a day’s worth of meals instead of a week’s.
- Get outside of your comfort zone. It may be easy to make grilled chicken breast, broccoli, and black beans every week, but unless you’re training for a fitness competition or on a specific diet that calls for the repetition of that meal, it can still be boring. Look on Pinterest or Instagram for some new healthy inspiration and add it to your rotation of meals. Getting stuck in a loop of a meal you especially like can be just as fatal — switch it up as much as you can if food fatigue is a struggle for you.