We’ve collected some tasty and nutritious meal prep inspiration ideas for you.
The process of preparing all of your meals ahead of time can really help you with tracking your macros, saving time and staying on track with healthy eating.
With hectic work schedules and other commitments in our daily lives it’s easy to come home and just grab some fast food on the way or order a takeaway. But it won’t be long before this catches up with you and you start to put on unnecessary weight, lose motivation and feel drained.
Now imagine a scenario where you have a whole à la carte of delicious, nutritious home-cooked meals ready for you built around your ideal food preferences and health & fitness goals. This is actually easy and has a lot of benefits:
Can help you save money
Can help you save time
Can help you regulate your body weight
Build and follow a nutritionally balanced diet
Can help you with avoiding guilt of overeating/stuffing yourself with unhealthy foods
If you don’t know where to start, just have a look at these delicious, nutritious and super easy-to-make meal prep inspiration ideas for fat loss & muscle building below.
You can choose and set your own macros for these meals based on your muscle building and fat loss goals. For many of the meal prep tools and ingredients visit MyProtein. You can get a good, little 35 mystery discount when using the code AMBITION.
If you’re unsure about meal prepping you can learn all about it in our article The Ultimate Guide To Meal Prepping.
1. Spicy Chicken With Couscous
One of the easiest meal prep inspiration ideas for fat loss & muscle building. This meal is a great and nutritious way to switch it up from the traditional bodybuilding go-to of chicken and rice.
2. Seared Tuna Steak & Sweet Potato Wedges
If you’re a fan of fish you will love this dish. Sprinkle some pink peppercorns on the seared tuna steak to add a bit more flavour and you’re good to go.
3. Lean, Creamy Sausage Pasta
You can’t go wrong with this flavourful pasta dish that is also high in protein. You can use quark instead of cream cheese to add more protein to it and reduced-fat sausages to keep it lean.
4. One-Pot Lentil Dahl
A lot of meal preppers are interested in reducing their meat consumption, so this dish can be the ideal starting point for that. Full of flavour and vegan friendly, this meal prep inspiration idea is high in protein and also rich in other important nutrients like fibre, folate, thiamin, pantothenic acid, vitamin B6, iron, phosphorus and zinc.
5. Quick Spicy Cajun Salmon & Garlicky Veg
Salmon is one of the richest food types in nutrients, especially when it comes to essential fatty acids like omega-3. Eating salmon is a great way to build lean muscle and keep your brain healthy. Win-win.
6. Breakfast Burritos
Sometimes you just need a quick bite when you’re feeling peckish. These breakfast burritos are ideal for that. You can just put them in the freezer and just heat them up in 2-minutes to enjoy a quick, nutritious and filling meal.
7. Superfood Overnight Oats
Meal prep inspiration ideas for breakfast. Oats are easily one of the best food sources for athletic performance. This meal is a great way to start your day with a nutritious boost and it’s really easy to do. When you soak the oats overnight they get plumped up and become pudding-like. Mmm.
8. Sweet Potato & Chorizo Hash
Sweet potato is a known superfood. This meal is a tasty and protein-packed way to get a lot of essential nutrients into you.
9. Speedy Harissa Chicken & Tabbouleh
When it comes to nutrition for muscle building or fat loss you can’t go wrong with chicken. This meal prep idea is packed full of lean protein, healthy carbohydrates and more.
10. One-Tray Cashew Chicken
How to get lean quickly. Give this delicious one-tray cashew chicken meal prep idea a go for some tasty lunches throughout your week.
11. High-Protein Kedgeree
If you’re bored of chicken you can step up your game with this high protein haddock kedgeree meal idea.
12. Low-Carb Teriyaki Beef Zoodles
It’s all about the flavour with this one. You can turn this “takeaway meal” into a healthy “fakeaway” meal. As a bonus, it’s also low in carbohydrates!
13. Low-Carb Loaf Tin Lasagne
Lasagne doesn’t have to be full of carbohydrates and calories. Keep it high in protein and low in carbs with this loaf tin lasagne.
14. Buffalo Chicken Pasta Salad
If you’ve never tried buffalo sauce, now is your chance. Try this high protein chicken pasta salad in your next meal prep. You might just love it.
15. Sweet Paprika Vegan Bowl & Chocolate Protein Balls
This little lunch meal prep combination is delicious, filling and most importantly nutritious. Sweet paprika, roasted chickpeas, tofu, maca sweet potato, asparagus and avocado cream and basically superfood galore.
16. Chicken, Sweet Potato & Greens
When old school meets the new school. Keep things interesting (and nutritious) with this meal prep idea by trying out different spices with each chicken breast.
17. Low-Carb Burrito Jars
Sometimes carbohydrates just aren’t an option in your meal prep. With only 7 kcal and 0.1g of carbs per 100g, these low-carb rice burrito jars are really easy and very tasty.
18. Asian Peanut Butter Sesame Chicken
A cool variation for all the “chicken and rice” meal preppers. This Asian-inspired peanut butter chicken dish packs a serious protein punch too.
19. Ultimate High-Protein Stuffed Peppers
Using peppers in this way is a great way to reduce your carbohydrate intake, while still giving you the feeling of fullness. You can load them up with tons of tasty things like sausage and egg, burrito filling, pepperoni pizza stuffing, as well as chilli cheese. How good does that sound?
20. Bangin’ Barbecue Chicken & Rice
You only need around 15-minutes to make this one, but it will keep you fueled for hours. Plenty of protein in this meal prep idea too!
21. Low-Calorie Lime & Chilli Turkey Burger
Burgers don’t have to be unhealthy. Try this low calorie homemade lime and chili turkey burger to make things interesting in your meal prep. These can be as low as 147 kcal per burger. Wow.
This article first appeared on GYMNASIUMPOST.com on 2nd August, 2020.