Trust Me, Meal Prepping For One Is a Struggle – Here Are My Tips to Make It Easy

Who thought meal prepping for themselves
would be a breeze, only to find out that meal prep for one can be a
challenge of its own? Yep, same here. While making supereasy, healthy meals in a
flash
without the ever-looming question of “What am I going to
cook today?” sounds enticing, it can be a little more difficult
than that when you’re eating solo.

My personal experience has taught me that. I can definitely tell
you learning how to meal prep for one requires its own kind of
planning – and a little practice. So keep reading for some helpful
tips that I use when planning meals solo.

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1. Limit the Amount of Perishable Ingredients You Use

If you don’t want groceries to go to waste, make sure you pick
your recipes with that in mind. Try to find simple meals that aren’t loaded
with ingredients that will perish within the week, like meats and
lots of fresh vegetables.

I barely use any meat when I meal prep and instead opt for
long-lasting tofu or easily freezable veggies to cut
down on wasted food if I have leftovers I won’t be able to eat
quickly. A little planning ahead can guarantee that you don’t have
to meal prep on Sunday and then again on Wednesday to make sure
your meals don’t go bad.

2. Try Putting Together Smoothie Freezer Packs For Breakfast

I’m not a big breakfast person, so when I
started meal prepping, I knew I needed to make a quick and easy
meal in the morning to give me energy throughout the day. Smoothies
are a great and refreshing way to get nutrients in the morning –
like fiber, protein, and healthy fats – so
you can start your day off right.

A convenient way to meal prep them for one is to create a
smoothie freezer pack. Pop one
serving of your precut fruits and veggies into a blender in the
morning, add any extra ingredients (like protein powder), and
you’ve got breakfast on the go.

3. Make More Salads Than Cooked Recipes

Salads are a great time saver
for me when it comes to meal planning. They’re much easier to
prepare – especially for one person – and can be loaded with leafy
greens, nuts, fruits, and veggies with protein (like
broccoli, asparagus, mushrooms, and nuts) so you can customize them
to your heart’s content. If you don’t think salad greens will curb
your appetite, you can always try some healthy pasta salads as an
alternative.

4. Plan Meals You Actually Look Forward to Eating

When I first started meal prepping for just myself, I tried out
a lot of recipes with quinoa. While I knew quinoa wasn’t my favorite thing
ever, I decided to give it a go because it seemed like a meal-prep
staple in all the recipes I found online. Cut to me taking the
first bite of my quinoa bowl and realizing instantly I could not
eat it for the entire week. I ended up wasting my time, money, and
food because I had forced myself to make something I knew I
wouldn’t like. Lesson learned. Make sure you’re picking meals you
know you’ll enjoy, that way your meal-planning experience is more
enjoyable and feels less like a chore.

5. Make Sure Any Leftovers Can Be Frozen

By far the biggest complaint I hear from friends who attempt to
meal prep for one is that their food goes bad too quickly. My
biggest tip to combat this issue is to make sure the recipes and ingredients you use
can be frozen
. Not all foods are created equal, so it’s
important to know what goes bad when and what’s OK to go in the freezer
if you have extra servings.

Another tip to avoid waste: buy frozen vegetables, fruits, and
meats and start your recipes there – if you don’t use them within
the week, you can keep them in the freezer and try again the week
after.

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Trust Me, Meal Prepping For One Is a Struggle – Here Are My Tips to Make It Easy