Proper nutrition is essential if you want to lose weight.  One of the biggest excuses people have for not eating right is the fact they don’t have time to cook a healthy meal.  Eating healthy doesn’t have to be time consuming with these 5 meal prep tips.

I get it.  I work two jobs, go to school, and play on a rugby team.

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This leaves me waking up early and getting home late, with loads of homework and clients in between.  The last thing I want to do when I get home is cook.

It is very tempting to hit up Uber Eats or Grub Hub after a long day of work.  On top of that, many offices now order lunch for their employees to keep them at their desk.

But how often are those choices healthy?  Pizza, burgers, Chinese?

Even the “healthy” choices on the menu, we have no idea what it is cooked in so have no idea if they are actually healthy.

Eating out all the time, not only is unhealthy, but can get expensive.

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I could be wrong but I don’t think you planned on losing weight by lightening your wallet.

Well with these 5 methods you can still eat healthy while keeping your wallets fat.

Crock Pot

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I love the crock pot.  There is nothing better than coming home to a hearty, delicious and healthy meals like stews, pulled pork, wings, ribs and a variety of  soups.

All you  need to do is prep and season the food.  After that the crock pot does all the work.  The crock pot provides you with the freedom to cook your meal over night or while you are at work.

The crock pot provides for huge portions leaving plenty of leftovers to cover a couple days of lunch/dinner.

Mason Jar Salad

This is a great idea for lunches.  The mason jar is compact making it easy to grab and go.  Best part is everything is portioned out and the seal of the jar helps keep everything fresh.

Here are 18 different Mason Jar Salads to get you started

Overnight oats

Great way to  make an on the go breakfast.  Plain oats are not only filling, but full of fiber.

Simply prepare the night before and let it sit in the fridge overnight.  Wake up, grab a spoon and walk out the door!

Here are 50 Overnight Oat recipes to keep your breakfasts fresh

Shake it up

Shakes are a great way to make an easy on the go meal.  Shakes help blend many nutrients into one healthy and filling drink.

My mom has been making these for breakfast for at least 4 years now.

Her secret is to make a lot that way she has enough for the next day.  This makes it easy for her to grab and go on her way to work in the morning.

Here is a great recipe from Precision Nutrition

Be a microwave chef

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You don’t have to be an Iron Chef in the kitchen.

My girlfriend always makes fun of me because when I cook I love using frozen vegetables and meat (like Trader Joe’s Chicken) to make delicious and healthy meals.

Obviously fresh veggies and meat are preferred but they can take a while to defrost, cut, seed, season and cook.

Frozen meat and veggies allow me to create healthy meals quickly.  All I need to do is heat them up in the microwave or stove top, combine them, season and have a delicious stir fry, or fajita meal ready to go in minutes.

At the end of the day  a lot of these methods involve you having leftovers.  If you make one serving think about making 3 or 4.  That way you have leftovers for days and all you have to do is heat it up for lunch or dinner.

Do you know any  methods to help eat healthy on a busy schedule?  We would love to hear from you.  Let us know in the comments section below.

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