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Why Taking The Time To Meal Prep Is Essential

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At the beginning of the year I really wanted to take my fitness routine to the next level. I have always enjoyed taking classes and just doing the basics at my local gym but my goal this year was to really strengthen my body and finally learn how to use all the equipment around the gym. I signed up with a personal trainer and right away he told me how important to was to prepare my meals ahead of time. Half of being successful is being prepared so over the last few months I’ve learned that it is essential to prepare healthy meals ahead of time.

Rubbermaid Brilliance is Rubbermaid’s latest in food storage. What I like is that the containers are 100% leak-proof. In our kitchen we’ve started to use the Rubbermaid Brilliance. I like that it allows me to get meals prepped ahead of time and are a really easy to use storage solution. One of the keys to meal prepping when you’re lifting weights or trying to stick to a strict calorie diet is to prep meals ahead of time. Having containers that are easy to use and that easily close allow me to meal prep easily so it’s become more of a routine than a requirement to eating healthy. One of the meals I like to prep ahead of time are quick made lunches that are low in carbs and yet tasty and filling.

  • Protein: You’ll want some sort of protein, chicken breast, lean ground beef, pork tenderloin, flank steak.
  • Carbohydrates: I love things like quinoa, couscous, brown rice, and wild rice.
  • Healthy fats: Easy ways to get healthy fats include seeds nuts, olive oil, coconut oil, fish.

 

Some of the best prepared meals include my favorite wild rice blend, steamed veggies and fish. You can easily mix up this meal with chicken breast or beans. Cooking ahead of time allows you to be prepared and allows me to stay on track with my health and fitness goals. I like that you can easily take Rubbermaid Brilliance on the go to enjoy anywhere and can easily reheat contents inside if needed. For our kiddos I also like to make sure that they have plenty of fun fresh things to snack on too. Prepping fresh fruits and cucumbers ahead of time means the little hands in our house will go for the health snacks that are already ready to be eaten.
My husband is a meat eater and enjoys a nice steak. He likes to marinate it and allow it to sit in the refrigerator and absorb flavor. I always want to be sure that our family stays happy and healthy so I really like that Rubbermaid Brilliance is leak proof and easily cleanable in the dishwasher. Plus they stack perfectly in your fridge or counter space. Rubbermaid Brilliance is your all-in-one solution for meal-prepping, reheating leftovers, and organizing ingredients. 

 

Do you prepare meals ahead of time? 

 

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31 Comments

  1. Janet W. on June 19, 2017 at 5:43 am

    What a great storage system! Seems like really good quality that keeps the food fresh!



  2. Neha on June 5, 2017 at 5:26 am

    I don’t meal plan but might give it a try after reading this



  3. Hattie Mills on May 4, 2017 at 7:22 am

    I agree, meal prep is a great habit you can insert into your routine and it literally only benefits you!



  4. Rust on April 29, 2017 at 8:34 pm

    Yes, I do a lot of cook-ahead meals, quite often just doubling what I am cooking for the day’s meals and freezing it for the next week. I really enjoy quality Rubbermaid containers to store my meals in to keep them sealed tight and fresh.



  5. Latanya on April 29, 2017 at 8:18 pm

    no, I do not



  6. Tracie Cooper on April 28, 2017 at 10:35 am

    I love to prepare my lunches for the week! Its especially great for hectic weeks!



  7. Jessica Naca on April 28, 2017 at 8:30 am

    I definitely prepare meals ahead of time! The week is such a busy time so prepping ingredients is so important! We really make use of our tupperware.



  8. Anita L on April 25, 2017 at 3:31 am

    I sometimes prepare meals ahead of time because my husband and I are on two different schedules. I’m able to send him to work with a healthy meal when I do!



  9. Tammy Shelton on April 24, 2017 at 8:23 am

    No, I’m a put off kind of person. Wish I could change my ways. Could use some tips!



  10. Lauren on April 23, 2017 at 6:37 pm

    I like to wash and pre-chop vegetables.



  11. Laurajj on April 22, 2017 at 3:27 pm

    I have not done much of that in the past, but I would really love to start. I really love how these stack up in the fridge!



  12. Starla on April 21, 2017 at 11:30 pm

    Yum! That food that you prepped looks great and I love that these containers are made so well. Lately I have been trying to do some meal prep but I have never really tried much. Lately I have been grilling chicken breast several days in advance and that way I can just prepare either brown rice or white with veggies for work. It has made everything so much easier but now I am ready to start prepping snacks!



  13. Heather Hayes Panjon on April 21, 2017 at 10:01 pm

    yes, I do prepare meals ahead of time, I like to plan out lunches and dinners and prep. It makes it easy and simple during a work week.



  14. Stephanie on April 21, 2017 at 10:50 am

    Meal prep is the best thing ever!



  15. Sadie B. on April 21, 2017 at 7:38 am

    I like to make meals ahead of time. I try and prep the night before.



  16. Nicole Martin on April 20, 2017 at 7:08 pm

    The only thing I prepare ahead of time are the ingredients for smoothies. I should do meals though!



  17. jeannine d on April 20, 2017 at 9:53 am

    I do try and meal plan/prep ahead of time



  18. Brianne on April 20, 2017 at 3:41 am

    I’m all about meal prep for myself. It makes eating healthy so much easier during the week!



  19. Aubrey on April 19, 2017 at 10:46 pm

    I need to be better at preparing meals ahead of time. It definitely makes meal prep so much easier.



  20. Janis @MommyBlogExpert on April 19, 2017 at 9:30 pm

    Planning and prepping the right foods for healthy family meals could not be more important. Totally agree, meal prep is KEY to making sure everyone gets what their bodies need, both kids and adults.



  21. Meagan on April 19, 2017 at 8:48 pm

    Meal prep really is everything! The more I prep, the healthier we eat! Love those containers!



  22. Amy Desrosiers on April 19, 2017 at 6:22 pm

    We love to meal prep too! It is a lovely feeling to have healthy meals made ahead of time!



  23. Elizabeth Lampman on April 19, 2017 at 6:21 pm

    I have been doing meal planning and prepping for a few months now and I love it. We eat a lot healthier and it saves me so much time.



  24. Claudia Krusch on April 19, 2017 at 6:20 pm

    I need to start meal prepping. It is such a time saver. I have been trying to eat healthier and this will help.



  25. Rachel on April 19, 2017 at 6:04 pm

    I prepare meals ahead of time on a regular basis. My best tip is to prepare in bulk and keep the shopping lists for reference in the future.



  26. Becca Wilson on April 19, 2017 at 5:25 pm

    I do not prepare meals ahead of time but I really should. It would save me so much time during the week.



  27. Dawn McAlexander on April 19, 2017 at 5:10 pm

    I have always liked Rubbermaid products. These new ones look like they would be great not just for meal prep, but for leftovers and for packing lunch. I would love to have me some of these.



  28. Will G on April 19, 2017 at 2:19 pm

    I normally don’t, but my wife does.



  29. Jeanette on April 19, 2017 at 2:03 pm

    I love to do everything meal planning wise. It saves us money and it gives us extra food for lunch the next day. Meal prep is probably one of the best things when it comes to saving money.



  30. Shakeia Rieux on April 19, 2017 at 6:01 am

    No I don’t, but my in law does



  31. Sheila K. on April 18, 2017 at 8:33 pm

    I don’t prepare meals ahead of time.