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Follow These Instagram Accounts If Meal Prepping Is Your New Year’s Resolution

Every single New Year’s Eve, I promise myself that I’m gonna start meal prepping. Why is that, you ask? There are a few reasons, but I’ll stick to the basics. For starters, planning your meals is definitely healthier than settling for takeout every night (sigh). It’s also a lot cheaper than buying food whenever you’re hungry. If you’re hoping to purchase the right food products that’ll create sustainable meals in 2019, you might want some guidance. Luckily, I’ve rounded up a few Instagram accounts for meal prepping that’ll help you get a head start on your resolution.

Whether you’re a vegetarian, vegan or a straight up carnivore, there are tons of meal prepping pages that you can follow. Luckily, various Instagram accounts have created impressive fanbases by mapping out each meal for its followers. Thanks to them, you won’t have to aimlessly wander around the grocery store hoping that everything you throw into your cart will make a good meal. Instead, you’ll be able to plan your breakfasts, lunches and dinners with the help of your favorite meal prepping role models.

Before I dive in, get your phones out. Trust me, you’re gonna want to follow these prepping pages.

1. Workweek Lunch

 

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Busy bees with a hungry appetite will love Workweek Lunch’s Instagram account. From breakfast and lunch to dinner and desserts, it’ll have you covered with quick and easy meals for the week.

2. Meal Prepster

 

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Meal Prepster is perfect for anyone craving an easy-to-do savory dish or a powerhouse meal that’ll keep you going throughout the week.

3. Meal Prep On Fleek

 

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Meal Prep On Fleek will help you prep meals, snacks and desserts while providing your feed with much-needed food facts.

4. How To Meal Prep

 

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How To Meal Prep is the perfect page for prepping beginners (like myself), because it provides you with videos that’ll help you through the process.

5. Daily Vegan

 

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If you’re a vegan, go ahead and follow Daily Vegan Meal prep. It’ll guide you through a ton of recipes that you’ll be able to eat on the reg. That way, you won’t have to visit your go-to vegan joint everyday.

6. Meal Prep & Chill

 

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Meal Prep & Chill will help you stay calm, cool and collected while you plan your meals for the week. It’ll also provide you with handy how-to videos and factual food posts.

7. Meal Prep Haven

 

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Not only does Meal Prep Haven offer prepping ideas, but it also gives followers the option to purchase planning packs that’ll give them a jump start into meal prepping. Convenient, am I right?

As you can see, there are tons of Instagram accounts that’ll help you start your meal prepping journey in the new year. Choose your favorite, head to the grocery store and start planning.

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The Meal Prep Trick That Makes Life SO Much Easier

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Creating a meal plan you’ll stick with can be daunting. When it comes to successful weekly meal prep, it’s easy to get confused. However, there’s one quick secret that varies your meals without breaking the bank: Keep the grocery list short. You can make lots of different dishes using a handful of the same ingredients.

A seven-item list like this one, for starters, will put some variety into your bagged lunch every day of the work week while keeping your spending in check.

First, compile your list. Here’s what I’d start with: chicken breast or thighs, fresh mozzarella, a jar of tomato sauce (look for a low-sodium option), fresh spinach, sliced almonds, fresh fruit and whole-wheat pasta.

The list consists of proteins, healthy carbohydrates, fruits and cheese—all the essentials for creating tasty meals. Planning your meals can be the toughest part if you’re not a culinary creative. Consider these meal ideas:

Healthy Chicken Parmigiana

Chicken Parm is a staple that’s good any day or time. To keep things healthy, make grilled chicken and stick with one serving of tomato sauce. Although it’s tempting to add more sauce, jarred sauces tend to have a lot of sodium.

Spinach Salad with Fresh Fruit

Top fresh spinach with strawberries and sliced almonds for a healthy salad with some added protein. If you’re not a strawberry fan, watermelon works, too, or even fresh peaches. Feel free to get creative, depending on your fruit preference.

Simple Pasta with Red Sauce

Grab the leftover tomato sauce and cook up some whole wheat pasta. Feel free to add some freshly grated mozzarella, and season the dish with oregano or basil flakes, if you have them. If you have fresh tomatoes, you can use those, too. Here’s how our Field Editors make a jar of sauce taste homemade.

Almond Crusted Chicken

Avoid the breading and coat your chicken in crushed almonds. Be sure to bake it, rather than fry it, and sauté some fresh spinach as a side. If you’re a fan of apricots, this apricot almond chicken is another great option.

Deli-Style Pasta Salad

Get creative with some whole-wheat pasta salad. Toss in any veggies you already have, like red onion, cucumber and peppers. Add oil and vinegar, season with salt and pepper, and mix it up to combine. Let it sit overnight to absorb the flavor; add more oil and vinegar if you like.

It’s easy to meal plan with a tight grocery budget. A short list does not mean sacrificing variety. It’s all about choosing meals with ingredients that work well together, and most of all, ones that you enjoy!


Article by Julia Mullaney from Taste of Home.