21 Meal Prep Ideas to Lose Weight

Eat your way towards a slimmer you with these scrumptious, prep-ahead meals!

Planning is everything. You wouldn’t walk into a job interview or an audition for “The Voice” without feeling totally prepared, right? Well, the same goes for weight loss. When you make the decision to lose weight, you’re taking on something pretty huge. And this pretty huge thing involves preparation; you cant just wing it and expect flawless results! You’ll need some meal prep ideas to lose weight.

21 Meal Prep Ideas to Lose Weight

One of the best forms of preparation that almost guarantees success down the road is meal prep. Meal prepping ensures you have readily available dishes for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, ultimately helping you stick to your diet. Meanwhile, it saves you a huge chunk of time, freeing up your schedule to squeeze in more luxurious activities than cooking, like going for a walk or taking a soothing bath! Not to mention you’ll have an easier time meeting your fitness goals, along with your weight loss goals! Loading up on the right nutrients and vitamins is uber-critial to achieving the physique of your dreams, and having readily accessible post-workout snacks and meals will help you smooth-sail your way towards a slimmer you.

Here at Skinny Ms., we’ve rounded up 21 scrumptious recipes you can prep ahead of time. Bursting with nutrients and designed with your weight loss in mind, these yummy meals will help you meet your goals, without letting you feel hungry or deprived. Let’s get started!


1. Peach, Cherry and Almond Overnight Oats

Cherries add antioxidants and fat-burning properties to this creamy, fruity breakfast treat that’ll definitely hold you over until lunch!

2. Berry Overnight Oats

This berry-licious breakfast dish is ridiculously easy to make and will save you on busy mornings!

3. Banana Walnut Overnight Oats

This drool-worthy oatmeal recipe packs all the goodness of a decadent banana walnut muffin into one guilt-free breakfast dish!

4. Overnight French Toast Casserole

We’ve skinnied up the classic breakfast treat by transforming indulgent french toast into a protein-packed, guilt-free casserole your taste buds will go wild for.

5. Overnight Slow Cooker Pumpkin Pie Steel Cut Oats: No Sugar Added

This delightful fall recipe is like diving into a luscious slice of pumpkin pie for breakfast, without the guilt of course!

6. Refrigerator Oatmeal with Bananas and Berries

This cold, deliciously thick oatmeal will greet you as you rise, packing in a boatload of nutrients and fiber to keep you full and focused for hours on end.

7. Slow Cooker Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal

Prepping this tasty, belly-warming oatmeal steals just 5 minutes of your time. Toss ingredients into your slow cooker before you hit the pillow, and you’ll wake up to the delicious autumn aroma of baked apples and cinnamon.


1. Healthy Chicken Burrito Wraps

Healthy ingredients like whole wheat wraps, low-fat cheese, and nutrient-rich veggies make these wraps the perfect prep-ahead lunch to help you meet your goals.

2. Pepper and Onion Wraps

Eggplant, sweet onions, and bell peppers add luscious flavor to this hand-held meal, while parmesan lends a sharp taste to each and every bite of this vegetarian-friendly wrap!

3. Turkey Taco Lettuce Wraps

Wrapping this tasty, protein-packed turkey mixture in lettuce instead of taco shells truly brings out the flavor while shaving off a hefty chunk of calories and carbs.

4. DIY Skinny Salad in a Jar

Mason jars let you prepare perfectly-portioned, nutrient-rich meals stuffed with the ingredients of your choosing. This light and healthy salad calls for crunchy, flavorful ingredients that’ll fill you up and boost your body’s fat-burning potential.

5. Caprese Salad in a Jar

A flavorful grab & go jar that displays all the colors of the Italian flag, this mason recipe puts a tangy, tasty spin on the classic summer salad.

6. Skinny Taco Salad in a Jar

This taco salad recipe ditches the full fat cheese, rich sour cream, and fried tortillas that’ll only pile on the pounds. Bursting with creamy, vibrant southwestern flavors, this recipe uses nothing but clean, wholesome ingredients you can feel good about.

7. Skinny Burrito in a Jar

This low-fat recipe packs a protein punch, and piles all the delicious goodness of a burrito into one gobble-worthy, grab and go jar.


1. One Pot Turkey Sausage and Roasted Red Pepper Alfredo

Spice up pasta night with this new and improved Alfredo dish, chockfull of creamy, rich flavors you can enjoy with no regrets.

2. One Pot Turkey Sausage and Mediterranean Quinoa

This colorful one-pot dish packs a bunch of precious nutrients and Mediterranean flair into one mouthwatering meal. Vibrant ingredients like feta cheese, fresh tomatoes, and spinach make this filling dish unforgettable.

3. One Pot Stuffed Cabbage Stew

Cabbage, ground turkey, and warm veggies bathed in a flavorful tomato broth make this hearty, nutrient-rich stew one for the books!

4. One Pot Chicken Spinach Dinner

This hassle-free, one-pot entree will satisfy your taste buds and tummy, filling you up with the nutrients and protein your body craves, without breaking the calorie bank!

5. One Pot Caprese Pasta

This one-pot pasta recipe means no mess, no extra steps, and no complicated stove top tools. Instead, it brings you a fresh and flavorful pasta dish seasoned to perfection, and guaranteed to bring smiles to the dinner table.

6. One Pot Coconut Curry Shrimp

This impressive recipe combines tender, protein-packed shrimp with the subtle sweetness of coconut and curry. Whip up a big batch of this drool-worthy meal, and enjoy for leftovers the rest of the week. Yum!

7. One Pot Spaghetti Puttanesca

Unique ingredients like capers, anchovies, and garlic add incredible depth of flavor to this pasta’s rich, tangy sauce. This nutritious one-pot meal is a cinch to whip up, and will keep you feeling satisfied and happy throughout the week!

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Ellie Krasner

Ellie is a full-time violinist living in Las Vegas, and a writer with an insatiable appetite for clean eating and fitness! She is a graduate of Binghamton University with degrees in English literature and violin, and loves investigating the world of healthy living.

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