Life is already hard with so much to do and so little time. Having a plan certainly helps a lot, but when it comes to food, you have to make sure you have healthy staples. With so many recipes online, it’s hard to find ones that look both appetizing and healthy. Lucky for you, I’ve compiled a list of some mouthwatering meal prep lunch ideas for weight loss that can keep you on track at any time of the year. Enjoy!
Learning How to Meal Prep
Pick Your Favorite Meals
You’ll be eating more of the same recipes than you’re used to, be sure to choose your favorites. Make one portion of each recipe below so you are aware of what you’ll be chowing down on for the week.
If you’re brand new to prepping meals for the week, try cooking a few easy recipes for one meal out of the day. For example, since you are looking at lunch recipes, replace your current lunch routine with meal prepping.
Get Durable Containers
My favorite meal prep containers are microwavable, dishwasher safe and freezer safe. If you’re trying to save yourself time and money, the last thing you’ll want to do is wash a bunch of dishes by hand, pour your meal onto a frying pan or even damage your containers.
If you are worried about plastic health concerns, here are some gorgeous glass meal prep containers.
Count Your Calories
To ensure you aren’t making too many meals be sure to figure out how much you should be eating. Try this calorie counting calculator to figure out your personal needs.
Track Your Goals With a Bullet Journal
Creating a weekly meal planning bullet journal can help you progress towards your goals. Remember, if you fail to plan, you plan to fail. This is a lesson I learned the hard way in my journey to weight loss.
12 Make Ahead Healthy Meals to Cook This Weekend
Get started with some of my favorite healthy make ahead lunch recipes!
Roasted Chicken & Veggies
If you love the flavor of roasted food, this recipe is a great way to stay on track.
Honey Sriracha Glazed Meatballs
The sweetness of this dish definitely helps to curb any cravings.
Making food fajita style is a great way to add flavor while keeping calories low.
Honey Lime Chicken
By properly cooking your food, you can make it way more enjoyable instead of adding a bunch of ingredients.
Korean Beef Bowl
If there is something I miss from before I was vegan, it’s this kind of food. I have always loved eggs and rice.
Thai Peanut Chicken
Peanut sauce is one of my favorite ways to get something sweet in without overdoing it.
Zucchini Noodles & Turkey Meatballs
By replacing your regular noodles with zucchini, you cut out of a lot of calories.
Turkey Taco Lettuce Wrap
Swap out your tortilla for some greens to take out extra calories that you won’t miss.
Chicken Burrito Bowl
If you want, take out of the lettuce altogether and just put it in a bowl.
Chicken Burrito Bowl
A good way to encourage yourself to eat better is to make your dishes super attractive, like this! I love that you can get really creative and make meal prep lunch ideas that stand out from all your friends.
Skinny Bang Bang Zucchini Noodles
This simple shrimp and noodle bowl will give you tons of energy for the rest of the day.
Have you ever had jerk chicken before? If not, you gotta get on this.
Drooling From These Meal Prep Pictures?
By making your meals simple, attractive and with quality ingredients, you really set yourself up for success. Meal preps for weight loss will keep junk out of your fridge and help avoid binges on bad food. So forget that fast food lunch and try one of these meal prep lunch ideas out! You won’t regret it.
What’s your favorite make ahead meal? Let us all know in the comments!
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