If you’re like us, you like to eat. And if you’re like us, you don’t have a ton of time to get in the car and find the shortest drive-thru line. Not to mention how quickly the weekly and monthly cost adds up.
When you meal prep, you save time, money, reduce stress, and create a better relationship with food — and who doesn’t love food?! So today we are going to give you a few tips on why you should meal prep for lunch and why it will benefit you more than just your summer bod!
1. You’ll have more dough in your pocket
Not pizza dough, that isn’t what we mean by meal prepping… One of the biggest benefits of meal prepping each week is saving money. Think about it, let’s say you spend $8 a day on lunch. That turns into $40 a week, $160 a month, and $1,920 a year! Are those fast-food cheeseburgers really worth it? With roughly $1900 in your account, you’ll feel more financially secure and can put that extra money towards things you really need.
2. Time is on Your Side
We get it, it’s the end of the weekend and you want to be a couch potato for as long as you can instead of dirtying dishes. But hear us out, spend 20 – 30 minutes preparing your lunch for the week and you’ll gain more free time for your lunch breaks. No longer will you waste time getting in traffic or sitting in the drive-thru line, your lunch is cooked and ready.
3. It’s Healthy
Sure, that Chick-fil-A sammie might be the Lord’s chicken, but it’s still processed fried chicken and french fries. When you prepare your own food, you’re able to control your portions, and you know exactly what ingredients you’re putting in your body. This allows you to prepare the right amount of protein and nutrition you really need.
4. You can reduce stress levels
Your body, your temple! When you eat good, you will also feel good. Plus, figuring out what to get for lunch every day can be stressful and overwhelming. When you meal prep for the week, you don’t have to engage in that battle every day.
5. Become your own MasterClass
If you want to be more confident in the kitchen, meal prepping can be a great teacher. When you meal prep, you learn more about food nutrition and a new world of quick and easy recipes that will allow you to perfect your craft.
Just like saving for retirement now instead of later, creating your meal plan ahead of time is the right thing to do to save you time and money later.
Ok, so you’re ready to start the week off with a whole new plan of saving money and eating right, right? Well, here are some recipes to get you started. Check out that shrimp taco bowl!