If you feel like there's not enough time in your day to focus on eating a healthy dinner, you're one of 45% of Americans who are too busy to cook. The good news is that there are plenty of time-saving strategies to help with your meal prep and reclaim more time in your day. Here's where to start and how to eat better while saving time and money.
Meal Prep Delivery Service
One of the most impactful ways to save more time your day is by using a meal prep delivery service. Whether you're focused on flavor or nutrition, you can get everything you need with FitTrax. We offer breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, and cold-pressed juices to satisfy your nutritional needs without compromising on taste.
We prepare handcrafted and macro-friendly meals delivered to your door a la carte or on a subscription basis with rotating meals. Here are just a few of the dishes we offer:
- Steak Dinner
- Sweet Chili Glazed Salmon & Brown Rice Stir Fry Vegetables
- Blackberry BBQ Shredded Beef with Roasted Vegetable Hash
We're also a chef-driven company with a focus on satisfying dishes that keep you full. We only make dishes we love to eat, just like our customers only want tasty meals.
Cook in Batches
If you want to cook on your own, you can whip up your meal in large batches to minimize cooking to once a week. Pick a day of the week when you can enjoy some music or catch up on your favorite shows and start cooking. Choose dishes that freeze, refrigerate, and reheat easily. Remember to prep some breakfast and lunches that will help save time and add more nutritional value to your day.
Prep Your Ingredients
If you don't have time to cook in batches or prefer making everything fresh, prep your ingredients in advance. Separate out your proteins, grains, fruits, and veggies, chop them up, and store whatever you can. Label your containers so you remember what the ingredients are for. Or throw everything for one meal in the same container that can be easily mixed into your favorite recipe.
Plan Like-Minded Meals
You'll save time and money preparing like-minded meals throughout the week. Create a theme for the week, like Mexican, and look for recipes from salsa and chicken dishes to fajitas and salads. The idea is you end up using the same ingredients for the week to avoid reinventing the wheel every night of the week, saving both time and money.
Keep it Simple
Unless you love to cook and want to get creative after a long day, mealtime should be both simple and satisfying. Don't challenge yourself to learn new recipes that require time and money to put together a brand new dish.
Focus on staples you already enjoy and give them a twist with new seasonings or side dishes. Save creative cooking for once or twice a month and approach it as a hobby instead of an evening chore after a busy day at work.
Organize Your Leftovers Visually
Leftovers are a win for busy professionals who want to eat healthier throughout the week. But you need a strategy to keep it all organized. Neatly pack up your containers and label everything so you can clearly see what you need. You'll save time looking for tonight's dinner and avoid forgetting valuable leftovers.
Clean as You Go
Part of meal prep involves cleaning up, which is often a deterrent for anyone with too much on their schedule. Don't leave the dishes sitting around in the sink until bedtime. Clean as you go and maximize all of those moments you're waiting for while reheating, simmering, or baking. Your kitchen will be clean before you sit down to dinner, and you'll have more time to relax at the end of the day.
Ready to reclaim more time in your day with a meal pre-delivery service? FitTrax creates macro-friendly meals and dishes with weekly to 21-day meal options. Or choose from our a la carte option and bulk items to maximize your favorite flavors and nutrients. Get started today.