Lunch and dinner time rolls around, what are you going to eat? Maybe those restaurant leftovers from two nights ago, or the frozen chicken nuggets in the freezer, or maybe you’re exhausted from a long day at work or school and drive to the nearest drive-thru as the easiest, most convenient option. These all sound like valid options, but wouldn’t it be nice to open your refrigerator, reach in, and pull out a fresh, crisp, healthy meal that you can pop into the oven or microwave?
Meal-preparation has become a widespread trend, and for good reason. It’s the task of preparing lunch and/or dinner meals for a 5-7 day week. Although it takes an hour or two to prepare multiple meals, it saves you money, time and stress during the weekdays when figuring out what your next meal is going to be! Having ready-to-eat meals that you have prepared from fresh ingredients alleviates the need to go out to eat during the week. You know exactly what you are putting into your dishes and your body.
Meal-prep has no borders; it’s doable for independent meals, as well as family meals. It is beneficial for your health and will save you time and money, but did you also know that it’s beneficial for the environment?
- Reduces food waste. Planning and preparing your meals ahead of time can reduce the amount of food that is wasted throughout your week. Making a list of ingredients you need for your meals will ensure that you are getting what you need and not what you think you might need.
- Reduces package waste. When you buy your food in bulk, you are reducing the amount of package waste that is thrown out. Tips for sustainable meal-prepping include: bringing reusable grocery bags to the store, purchasing reusable food containers to put your meals in, and using a reusable lunch bag if you choose to use your meals for lunch.
- Save energy. When you prepare all of your meals for the week at once, you are reducing the amount of energy used to cook those meals instead of turning the stove and oven on multiple times a week.
- Reduce your carbon footprint. When driving to and from the grocery store, fill up at 7-Eleven RENEW gas stations and reduce your emissions by up to 30%!
There are numerous positive benefits to meal-prepping. The best way to tackle meal-prepping is to commit to one day a week to shop, cook and package all of your meals. This is one of our favorite and budget-friendly meal prep sites. Share yours with us!