5 No-Fail Meal Prepping Tips

About a month ago, we were up in Boone, North Carolina for our annual TPY Yoga Teacher Training. To keep Patrick well-fed in my absence, I hopped in the kitchen one afternoon before training, turned on some binge-worthy TV, and prepped a few meals for him to reheat.  With all the talk about meal prepping how-to's,  this seemed like the perfect opportunity to share my meal prep tips with y’all.

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1. Be Realistic - The biggest mistake I see people make with meal prepping is being unrealistic with their goals. If you’re prepping for the whole week, give yourself some wiggle room or a night off to eat out — I did find a Pizza box in the fridge when I returned home.  Also, even though it’s important to make healthy choices, don’t plan for and prep meals that you wouldn’t usually eat. If you don’t want to eat it now, you probably won’t want to eat it later.

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2. Shop Smart - Make a list of EVERYTHING you’ll need, and check it twice against everything in your pantry. Trust me — there’s nothing more frustrating than getting home with all your groceries, starting a recipe and realizing you forgot a key ingredient.

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3. Make a Plan of Attack - Once you have all the ingredients for each recipe, DON’T get overwhelmed. Just look at the recipes you have and find a way to weave the prep time together before you start. Think about efficiency — is there something you can chop while veggies are baking? Can you do dishes while something is in the steamer? Even if you don’t have time to cook everything, I find that washing and chopping all of the veggies makes life so much easier during the workweek.

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4. Containers - You can never have too many! Stock up so that you can divvy up your food and store it in multiple seal tight containers to keep everything fresh for the week.  Rubbermaid Easy Find Lids are my favorite; in fact, if I find a stray container at my house, I will give it away.

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5. Make it fun! - This is the most important tip to keep this sustainable. Find something you love to do and pair it with the meal prep. Turn on some music, put a TV show on that you love or call an old friend. It doesn’t matter, as long as it keeps you motivated to keep going so that you can enjoy your healthy home cooked meals all week long!

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What are your best meal prep tips? Let me know in the comments!

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Carly Grace Milyo

Born in New York City,  Carly Grace grew up in Atlanta and graduated from The Westminster Schools.  Carly received her Bachelor of Science in Human Development, and graduated Summa Cum Laude from Virginia Tech in 2012. During her college career, Carly began practicing yoga as an escape from her intense ACC Cheerleading training. The rigor and requirements Carly upheld as an ACC athlete combined with the social expectations and action packed schedule expected of an Alpha Phi left Carly depleted both physically and mentally.  Before Carly found yoga, she used running, partying with friends, and restricting her diet to maintain a sense of control in her life. It was Carly's true desire to find more purposeful and authentic friendships and to invest her time in cultivating her greater well-being and spirituality that lead her to yoga. 

The creativity and physical challenge of yoga captivated and inspired Carly. Yoga was the first thing Carly practiced where the perfect-ten mentality was not required; in fact, perfection is the antithesis of yoga principles.  After hanging up her poms poms and retiring from her ACC Cheerleading career, Carly quickly found herself  invested in the In Balance Yoga Community in Blacksburg, VA.  With encouragement and affirmation from Studio Owner, Becky Crigger, Carly set out for New York City to train with Dana Trixie Flynn at Laughing Lotus Love Skool.

Yoga Alliance 200 E-RYT, Carly has studied and practiced with many influencers and teachers all over the United States.  Carly currently teaches Thunderbolt Power Yoga®;  a powerful alignment based vinyasa flow inspired by some of her greatest influencers including, Dana Trixie Flynn and Baron Baptiste.  Carly infuses creative ideas and sequencing into her classes. Her purpose as a teacher is to inspire people to move like themselves. Carly is committed to helping students be audaciously playful in both their practice and in their lives. 

You can catch Carly Grace teaching at her studio Thunderbolt Power Yoga, at off-site events such as the infamous FIT Yoga Series with Carly Grace at W Atl Buckhead, at music festivals, corporate conferences, and more!  Be sure to look out for Carly's quarterly Boombox Power Yoga® Class offered alongside a live DJ, accompanied by her pink boombox, and enhanced with a 16 inch disco ball. 

In the mean time, you can follow her adventures on instagram (@yoga__barbie) or give her a wave when you see her drive by in her infamous pink jeep!