Do you find it all too easy to close the fridge door, put your chopping board away and order in a takeaway? Even with the best of intentions, meal prepping can be difficult to stick to. From your physical and mental health to your finances however, the benefits could well change your life.
A recent study found that almost a third of British adults eat alone ‘most of the time’. As a result, many feel as if it’s not worth cooking just for themselves. Here are three compelling arguments as to why that’s not the case.
You’ll improve your diet
Let’s face it, you don’t eat out or stock your fridge with ready meals because it’s good for your health. Whether you’re doing so because you’re short on time or you feel like indulging in a treat, you’re probably taking on far more fats, sugars and salt than you otherwise would if you were cooking yourself.
Everything is okay in moderation, of course, but by planning out a week of healthy meals you’re far likelier to get more of what’s good for you. Controlling exactly what you’re eating is also a huge plus if you have any intolerances or allergies.
You’ll save money
Are you a sucker for a lunchtime meal deal? How about a post-gym snack? Those sandwiches and shakes all add up, however.
Cooking in bulk, on the other hand, often works out far cheaper than buying ingredients in single-meal quantities or picking up something pre-made. Everyday items such as grains, pulses, nuts and oats are often inexpensive when sold by the kilo and will last you for weeks on end.
It may require some upfront costs, like a larger fridge and other nifty appliances, and you’ll have to consider if and how you can afford it, but soon, both your body and your bank balance will be reaping the rewards.
You’ll better balance your day
Modern life is hectic. Amongst a busy weekday schedule of meetings, parenting duties and gym classes, it can be near impossible to cobble a decent meal together. Finding one you’ve pre-made, ready and waiting, can be a blessing. You’re doing your future a favour.
Putting a few hours’ work in on a Sunday saves you being late for your appointments or skipping eating altogether. Try it for yourself to see if you can lower your stress levels and keep your hangriness at bay.
Do you feel ready to give meal prepping a go? With these three benefits firmly in mind, you’ll be better placed to make a go of it for good.