By: Katarina Kovacevic
Save time and money – and keep to a healthy weekly routine! – with these quick and simple meal prep tips for wholesome office lunches.
Meal Prep On The Weekends
Your weekdays are already jam-packed with work, errands and evening activities, so it’s best to set aside a chunk of time on the weekend. For many people, Sunday afternoons tend to work best. Do whatever you need to do to make meal prep a fun activity and less of a chore – wine, good music, some sweet treats. Block off at least 2 hours, to give yourself plenty of time so that you won’t feel rushed.
Keep It Simple
Prepare recipes that you know are tried and true. If you’re prepping multiple meals, it’s always a good idea to have ingredient crossover – meaning, using the same ingredient for a handful of dishes. This keeps grocery costs down and makes washing, chopping or slicing more efficient. For those who are just starting out in the meal prep game, start slow. Like, real slow. Try prepping just two meals for the week at first and then build from there.
Stock Up On Meal Prep Containers
Want to make your morning routine super easy? Buy yourself a set of storage containers that are already sized for lunch portions. Once your meals are cooked, divvy up the goods into the containers and stock them in your fridge or freezer for the week. Come Monday morning, just grab a container and go!
Make A Meal Plan + Grocery List
Sure, making a weekly meal plan takes a good amount of time and organization, but it takes the guesswork out of your weekly office lunches! First, start by taking stock of the goods and ingredients you already have in your home. Then, list out your dinners for the week (and cook extra for a leftovers lunch or two!) and add in any additional lunches you want to prep for yourself. Create your grocery list from that meal plan. If you use up what’s in your fridge, freezer and pantry first, you’ll even save on your grocery bill.
Learn From The Pros
These are just some of the lessons we’ve learned through our own office meal prep journeys. Truth be told, we listen to the pros. Here are a few of our favorite resources when it comes to meal prep:
- How to Get Started with Meal Prep from Sweet Peas and Saffron
- 20+ Easy & Healthy Meal Prep Lunch Ideas for Work from The Girl on Bloor
- 20 Lunches You Can Meal Prep on Sunday from The Everygirl
What are some of your favorite meal prep recipes? Share them in the comments below!
Katarina Kovacevic is the owner of Redefined Communications, a company offering blogging and ghostwriting services for women in leadership, and female-focused and purpose-driven businesses. She’s also the founder and editor of RUBY Media, a digital media company that promotes female camaraderie, supports sisterhood and inspires women to make a difference in the world. You can connect with Katarina on Instagram or LinkedIn, or with RUBY on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter.