▶️ I mentioned in my previous video that I used to eat seven or eight small meals a day. This required me to do a lot of prep work and come up with lots of ideas on what to make so I wasn’t bored.
▶️ All the time and energy I was spending eventually just became too overwhelming. I wanted to free up my mind and my time in order to pursue more important things.
▶️ I now eat two larger meals and an occasional snack instead of eating multiple times per day.
▶️ My personal approach to meal prep has evolved over the years from spending all day to spending as little amount of time as possible to get the job done. I call this #MinimalistMealPrep.
▶️ The idea is to use as many shortcuts as possible while also creating healthy and delicious meals.
▶️ This allows me to free up my mental energy and give me more time for creative endeavors, time with family and friends, etc.
▶️ I use things like pre-chopped and washed fruits/veggies, steam cook frozen veggies, already seasoned ground meat, or even takeout on super busy weeks., etc.
▶️ Then I only spend my time cooking those items which I truly enjoy and which cannot be replicated using a shortcut.
▶️ I keep a running list of my favorite things which I rotate through often. It doesn’t take a whole lot of work to change out flavor profiles and create a new meal with similar base ingredients.
▶️ I often cook in double batches and freeze one for another week to save time.
▶️ I also occasionally use healthy carry-out options for some of my meals. I have favorites from Panera, Chick-fil-A, Subway, Chinese, etc. mentioned in the video.
▶️ Not only do I try to make my prep efficient, but I also structure my meals very much the same way on a day-to-day basis. This helps offset decision fatigue and mental energy spent on planning.
▶️ My ultimate healthy convenience item food list can be found here.