Low carb meal prep is an excellent way to eat healthy, maintain a stable weight and manage diabetes. The technique involves planning, preparing and storing meals ahead of time so that you can easily access them when busy or on-the-go.
Here is a step-by-step tutorial on how to create your low carb meal prep:
Step 1: Plan Your Meals
Start by deciding which low-carb dishes you would like to include in your diet plan. A good mix of protein sources such as eggs, chicken breast or fish; vegetables such as broccoli or cauliflower rice; whole grains like quinoa are essential for maintaining energy throughout the day without feeling hungry. You should also consider including leafy greens like spinach in every meal.
Some examples may be:
– Grilled Chicken with Asparagus
– Salmon with Cauliflower Rice
– Turkey Meatballs with Zoodles (zucchini noodles)
(There are some great low carb recipes here)
You should aim at having between 20g – 50g carbs per day (if your goal is ketosis) depending on factors such as age, gender and activity level.
Step 2: Make a Shopping List
Once you know what types of foods will make up your meals over the week, it’s important to write down everything needed before heading out shopping. This includes fresh produce items (e.g., fruits & veggies), meats/protein sources, and pantry staples such as herbs, spices or oils. You can also consider purchasing low-carb snacks like nuts or seeds to have on hand.
Step 3: Prep Your Ingredients
Before cooking starts it’s wise to prepare all the ingredients you’ll need for each meal carefully (keep portion sizes in mind). Prepping everything in advance means that when busy days come around you won’t be scrambling to chop vegetables or defrost meat right before dinner time.
– Rinse and chop veggies
– Marinate meats
– Cook grains beforehand (if using them)
This step will make your life so much easier later on!
Step 4: Cook & Store Meals
Once prepped, start by preparing one recipe at a time from beginning until end (e.g., cook chicken breast with seasoning). Then move onto another dish once complete (for example steaming broccoli).
When finished cooking, transfer meals into appropriate containers/serving dishes depending on how long they’ll last in the fridge/freezer:
- Short-term storage – Fridge.
- Longer term – Freeze up any unused portions of your meal prep for future use.
1) Make sure not to overcrowd food containers if freezing them because this may cause freezer burn which leads to loss of flavor/texture over time.
2) Label all containers with the date and contents to avoid confusion when you go back to retrieve them.
3) Use sealable plastic bags for storing individual portions of meals that can be quickly thawed during busy workdays or on-the-go snacking opportunities.
4) Keep your meal prep fresh by using vacuum-sealed storage bags or airtight containers! These will ensure longevity and keep food tasting just as delicious as it did on day one.
Low carb meal prep is an excellent way to stay healthy, save time, reduce stress and simplify your life. By following the steps outlined in this tutorial you’ll have everything you need to make tasty low-carb dishes while also staying organized throughout each week!