These easy meal prep recipes will save you time without sacrificing your waistline.
Eating clean isn’t always easy, especially when time is not on your side. When you have a busy schedule, it’s easy to reach for a pre-packaged lunch or something in a to-go box. Unfortunately, these items aren’t always filled with the healthiest ingredients and they certainly won’t help you with your weight-loss goals. If you’re so busy that you’re asking if it’s even possible to switch to a clean-eating diet, we’re here to reassure you with a resounding yes! You absolutely can eat healthy without sacrificing too much time by taking advantage of easy meal prep recipes.
Meal prepping is such a valuable tool for anyone looking to eat clean without creating a lot of fuss. Making your own meals instead of reaching for something pre-made is the best way to control your nutritional intake. But, that doesn’t mean you have to spend all day in the kitchen making breakfast, lunch, and dinner. With these easy meal prep ideas, you’ll prepare your ingredients in batches. Since everything is already prepped up, you’ll wake up to a ready-made breakfast. Lunch will be ready to grab from the fridge on your way to work, and you’ll always have something healthy waiting for you after a long day.
These easy meal prep recipes really allow you to stay on top of what you’re putting in your body. While it’s always tempting to eat whatever’s in sight out of hunger or necessity, you’re not helping your waistline by chowing down on vending machine items or fast food. These products are filled with high-calorie, processed ingredients that usually don’t even keep you feeling full. Instead, try one of these easy meal prep recipes that you can heat-and-eat, unwrap, or enjoy as guilt-free meals and snacks. They’ll make it possible for you to eat breakfast, lunch, and dinner easier, more quickly, and most importantly: healthier.
Who needs a morning stop at Starbucks for that high-calorie muffin when you can have this easy and delicious recipe? This grab-and-go breakfast features protein-rich Greek yogurt and coconut milk (a great source of healthy fats). It also contains chia seeds, which are chock-full of antioxidants. Put it together and you’ll have nourishment and energy to start your day.
All you have to do is combine the ingredients in a mason jar the night before, wake up in the morning, grab from the fridge, and be on your way! Make a bigger batch to last all week long.
These egg and spinach bowls provide perfectly portioned servings, so you’ll never have to worry about overeating. The best part? You can prepare the bowls on Sunday so they’re ready to reheat-and-eat all week long! Feel free to customize the recipe by adding lean meats, different leafy greens, and other colorful veggies.
In addition to being delicious and easy to eat, this is a great protein-packed breakfast. That means you’ll have the energy you need to get going every day.
When you don’t have a work lunch prepared, it’s too easy to grab unhealthy take-out foods. Often times, work meetings to run late or a deadline sticks you to your chair. This is one of our favorite easy meal prep recipes for that very reason. It’s a no-fuss option that’s filled with healthy proteins and packed full with plenty of vegetables.
These are the perfect lunch bites you to add to your weekly meal prep list. You can either wrap them ahead of time, or bring a container with the fillings to work and wrap them fresh every day.
Salads are often overlooked as a lunch option. Sometimes they’re not filling enough and they’ll have you reaching for unhealthy snacks later in the day. Not this spring mix salad, though, which is both healthy and filling. Salads make a great meal prep option because you can combine most of the ingredients ahead of time. Just make sure the dressing is on the side so the salad doesn’t get soggy.
This sensational salad features juicy pears, salty feta, and is packed with a brilliant amount of vegetables to energize you with crunchy fresh goodness.
After a long day, it can seem impossible to come home and cook dinner. Some days, you might not even have the option to put time into the kitchen if you clocked extra hours at the office. Meal prepping your dinners takes the fuss out of healthy eating. It gives you the opportunity to ensure you have a delicious, mouth-watering meal waiting for you that doesn’t come from a package.
This sweet and sour chicken dinner contains a perfect balance of protein, nutrients, and flavor. Tender pieces of boneless chicken are complemented by various vegetables like zucchini and broccoli, while the sweet and sour sauce brings everything together. The additions of pineapple juice and red pepper make the meal feel like you spent hours coming up with a fresh, new taste.
The recipe is so good, you won’t believe it’s as healthy and clean as it is! You can sit down, take a deep breath, and indulge after being “on” all day with this delicious meal prep recipe.
Before you even think about buying that frozen lasagna at the grocery store, just try our cheesy, saucy recipe instead. Anyone who is trying to stay lean but doesn’t want to give up their love for comfort food will keep this on their list of easy meal prep recipes. The prep is super simple – just prepare the lasagna layers and pop it in the oven. Once it’s cooked, slice it into individual portions and freeze it. The portions will last you for a long time, so you’ll always have an option when a busy day turns into a busy night!
This lasagna isn’t called “workout lasagna” for nothing! The ingredients support a fitness routine for muscle growth and overall strength, thanks to ingredients like mushrooms, onions, turkey sausage, low-fat cottage cheese, mozzarella, and ricotta. You’ll also find sweet potato and savory spices in here, making it a unique recipe that you’ll love.
Snacking seems to be one of the toughest parts of healthy eating healthy. It’s usually because snacks need to be quick and easy. If you have to put too much thought into it, you might reach for an unhealthy option (like a bag of chips or granola bar). These super easy no-bake almond cranberry energy balls combine healthy ingredients in an indulgent way, making them craveably good.
They’re so easy to make, too. All you need is a few tasty ingredients, a mixing bowl, and a sturdy spoon. Then, they go into the fridge and they’re ready to eat at your leisure. I love them for a work snack when my energy levels get low.
Many people have an assumption about meal prepping. They think it’s going to require a lot of time investment, but these easy meal prep recipes prove that all you need is a few simple ingredients. With a short time investment, you can make a week’s worth of breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks come to life. Baking these recipes is very hands-off, and many of them are raw and don’t require any cooking at all! So go forth and enjoy your week’s worth of delicious recipes.