I've talked about my Sunday routine on the blog before. Today, I want to talk a little more about my meal prepping process. As much as I love eating at new and old restaurants in Atlanta, during the week I really love to have meals at home. Sundays are my days to sit back, write my grocery list and go shopping. When it comes to grocery shopping I stick to a budget, which has gotten easier to do the more and more I do it.
To cut down on costs, I buy all of my produce and meats at my local farmers market. What I like about the farmers market is your ability to control the quantity which makes sticking to a budget so much easier. Not having to buy in bulk and being able to purchase just the right amount saves your pocket and cuts back on wasted food. All other processed foods, which I don't by a lot, I get from my local grocery store.
I break my meals down into categories, I have a column for breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks. By keeping my shopping list organized I can navigate the grocery store more effectively and it forces me to stick to what I have to buy opposed to what I want to by. Now don't get me wrong there are a few times were I slip something in my cart that was not supposed to be there. But writing a list is a sure way to save your money.
When it comes to meal ideas that's where I have to get creative. It's so easy to get stuck in making the same things over and over, which results in meal prepping becoming mundane. I use Cooking Lite because my mom gets the monthly subscriptions, Instagram is also another great resource to find new and unique recipes. Keeping it fresh and not being afraid to step out of your box is a great way to make things feel exciting and new.
I spend so much time meal prepping but it does wonders for your lifestyle! Not only are you saving money and utilizing a budget, you are able to maintain a healthier diet. By having food present in your house or on the go, makes it easier to make a healthy and a smarter financial decision.
Like I said meal prep takes time, from the ideas, the list, the shopping and putting all of the stuff away but I'm telling you your pocket will thank me later AND you can start forming healthier eating habits! Let me know if this helped and if you have any questions about my process let me know!