Thursday, February 15, 2018

Meal Prepping on a Budget

Meal prepping DOES NOT have to be expensive. In fact, we save A TON of money when we meal prep and eat at home compared to grabbing food here and there. I hope this blog sheds some light on how you can meal prep, make it taste healthy, and save money all at the same time!

Before we get started- I would like to mention that we practice ALL of these steps. I would never ask my clients or my digital family to do anything that we weren't willing to do ourselves. If y'all watch my story posts on my instagram- you know I eat the same foods every day (to an extent)

Step 1: HAVE A PLAN
You need to have a meal plan (hint hint: https://bowmarfitness.com/product/nutrition-plan/). Having a meal plan will allow you to plan ahead (obviously) and also buy in bulk. You would honestly be surprised at how few ingredients are needed to meal prep and make things taste good. Do not try to overcomplicate anything- the simpler the better when you are first starting off with meal prep. If your meal plan calls for 7 days of 4-5oz of turkey- you can easily go to Sams or Costco and buy in bulk instead of buying smaller quantities several times a week. The same goes for dried goods such as oats and rice and produce (veggies, fruits, etc). Make a list before you go to the store and keep in mind that you will be prepping for 7 days at a time

Step 2: Don't go to the store hungry
When you go to the store without a plan, there's a 150% chance you will buy things you don't need (especially if you go hungry)

Step 3: Eat the same meal for 7 days
I know this sounds boring and terrible. But I can promise you- it's not. It takes so much stress and work out of everything! If you love your meal plan- you crave the foods on it. I have listed my recipe books below that allow you to make delicious food without falling off the wagon. This is also something I preach and practice- if you follow me, you will see that I post A LOT of the same foods on my instragram. Don't fear leftovers! They are saving you money

Step 4: Purchase ISO containers and a meal prep bag: https://isolatorfitness.com/products/meal-prep-containers. Snack sized ziploc bags are also a great tool for measuring almonds, dried fruit, etc

Step 5: Cook in bulk / measure food
Making things like casseroles and stews and prep 3-4 days of meat at once, cooking rice in bulk, etc will save a ton of time! You will need to be measuring food in order to throw everything in the fridge at once when you are done prepping it. I recommend prepping food 3-4 days at a time to prevent anything from getting old or stale. Some of our stews can last up to 5 days and make amazing lunches and dinners
Recipe books:
Desserts: https://bowmarshop.com/collections/recipe-book/products/dessert-recipe-book
Meals: https://wildgamewildgainz.com/collections/recipe-book/products/wild-game-wild-gains-recipe-e-book

Step 6: Get protein powder
https://bowmarnutrition.com/products/protein-hot-chocolate
Our protein powder is only $64.99 and comes with 82 servings- that is less than 80 cents / meal! I don't know any restaurants selling high protein, full meals for that

Step 7: Once you buy it and cook it- you will eat it

Step 8: Get yourself some fun (low sodium) spices to prevent anything from getting boring. Spices last a long time and are usually less than $5/container. This will also allow for different flavors on the same foods such as rice and meat

Step 9: Check out our YouTube series for meal prep ideas if you don't wish to get a meal plan from us just yet: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1y38FasPl6s&list=PLVogZRJmzwtt9UiBTdbJhb0vxJHObsHBn

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