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Meal Prep 101 for Beginners

Lately, we have been paying a lot of attention to our health. Of course, for the most part, we know that weight loss is 80% diet and 20% working out. So how can we make the diet part easy for ourselves? Meal Prepping is the answer. 

I’m not going to lie and tell you it’s easy because it’s really not, especially for someone like me that doesn’t eat meat and other things. 

Here is a breakdown of how to make it easy for you and what you’ll need to have a successful meal prepping journey. 


First, what exactly is meal prepping? 

Well meal prepping is when you prepare your meals ahead of time to save time and control your portions. 


How do I get started?

Pick a day where you can prepare your meals. An ideal day would be Friday, Saturday or Sunday, the weekend. As someone who is in the beginning stages of meal prepping, prepping for the entire week may be overwhelming so you can narrow it down to three or four days. 


Start thinking of what you’re going to prep for breakfast, lunch and dinner. I know we’re in college and many of us either eat once or twice a day. For example, I don’t eat breakfast. I usually drink water for the first half of the day or I carry my protein shake with me and an oatmeal bar, so I don’t prep breakfast. 



As a beginner, getting containers with sections is easier to control your portions. Get ones that are stackable so that you can fit them in the fridge without taking up much space. If you have roommates, they will thank you for that. Obviously, also get ones that are microwavable, reusable and dishwasher safe, if you actually have a dishwasher. 


Food Options

It’s ideal to have a protein, veggie and starch in your meal prep. Below are some options for you and I’ve included some options for the vegetarian, pescetarian and vegan readers. 



Chicken Breast (Skinless)

Ground Beef

Fish (Salmon and Shrimp are easy)


For my vegetarians and vegans 

Beans (black, chickpeas, kidney) 






Sweet potato (my absolute favorite) 

Brown rice






String Beans






Happy Meal Prepping, HCXO!

Tabia is a senior at SUNY University at Albany. She is studying Journalism with a minor in History and Africana Studies. She would love a career in Journalism as an Arts and Entertainment Reporter. She wants to go to graduate school in her native New York City or Boston, Massachusetts. In her spare time she likes to dance, sing, watch new shows on Hulu and read Her Campus articles. She is currently the Podium Perspective Director and a Staff Writer for the Albany Student Press and a founding member of Kappa Alpha Pi. Go Danes!
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