The Ketogenic diet is a powerful tool that can not only help you lose weight but also improve your overall health. And if you want to get the most out of the Keto diet, meal prepping is one of the best ways to ensure your success. So today I’m going to show you how easy it is to meal prep for the keto diet by following these simple steps:
To embark on your keto journey, take the initiative to carefully choose foods that are rich in healthy fats while keeping carbohydrate intake to a minimum. While some may perceive this as mundane, rest assured that it is far from it! Embracing a ketogenic diet entails consuming specific foods that actively induce and maintain a state of ketosis in your body, unleashing its potential for efficient fat-burning and improved overall health.
In addition, you want your meals to be quick to cook because you will be making them every week and needing them each day. You’ll also need the meal prepped so it can go into the fridge or freezer quickly and easily. The last thing you need is a recipe that takes hours in the kitchen!
With a plan for the week and a ready grocery list, it’s time to hit the store! The grocery store can be overwhelming, but most things can be bought in bulk and stored for later. Meats, vegetables, and dairy products last longer. Shopping on a full stomach prevents buying unnecessary extras like candy or soda.
Have enough food for leftovers during the week, making it easy to incorporate them into future meals. To simplify, use separate containers: one for prepping lunches, one for storing dinners, and one for snacks throughout the day.
To avoid wasting money and food, it’s important to buy the right amount for your meals. Don’t buy too much; it will spoil and cost you extra. Also, don’t buy too little, or you’ll have to make another trip, wasting more money.
The key is to purchase what your recipes demand and add a few extras like celery and spices such as garlic powder. This way, you’ll have enough without excess, saving both your wallet and unwanted food waste.
Pre-prep everything you can. Chopping vegetables, mixing spices, washing and chopping fruit, cooking meat, and preparing sauces are just some of the things that can be done in advance. Make sure to prepare as much as possible. This will save you from having to cook every night when it comes down to it!
Once you’ve picked a day, start cooking. Try scheduling meal prep on weekends for more weekday meal and snack enjoyment. If you live with family or roommates, invite them to join the fun! It’s a bonding opportunity over healthy eating, even if they follow a different diet.
If weekends don’t work, no problem! Choose another day that suits your lifestyle, allowing enough time between prep and consumption to keep everything fresh.
To portion out your food, I recommend using a kitchen scale, measuring cup/spoon, or a measuring device. Use your dominant hand as an estimate for a proper serving size.
If you’re right-handed and want three servings of protein in the morning, visualize your right hand stacked with those servings. This makes it easier to pack your meal prep containers with the correct amount without measuring each bit separately.
Planning ahead is key to staying on the Keto diet. When you shop and cook, you’ll eat delicious, nutritious food while saving time and money. Tips: Choose foods that align with your goals. If recommended by a professional, ask them for advice. Otherwise, opt for high-fat, low-carb foods like avocados, butter, nuts, meat, fish, and cheese.
Check vegetable carb content before buying in bulk. Plan meals based on available ingredients. For example, if I have chicken but no spices, I’ll buy spices instead of beef, as it’s cheaper per pound.
Meal prepping is a great way to stay on track with your ketogenic diet. It allows you to cook in bulk and eat healthy, filling meals all week long. If you’re just starting out with meal prepping, don’t be overwhelmed! The important thing is that you start making changes one at a time until they become a habit. Once those habits are set in stone, they will become second nature and before long, meal prepping will be as easy as breathing air.