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Perspective - Archives in Food and Nutrition (2023) Volume 6, Issue 3

Prep, cook and conquer: Nutrition meal preparation for optimal performance

Talissa Ezanetti *

Department of Nutrition, Federal University of Santa Catarina (UFSC), Santa Catarina, Brazil

Corresponding Author:
Talissa Ezanetti
Department of Nutrition
Federal University of Santa Catarina (UFSC), Santa Catarina, Brazil.

Received: 13-May-2023, Manuscript No. AAAFN-23-107894; Editor assigned: 15-May-2023, PreQC No. AAAFN-23-107894 (PQ); Reviewed: 29-May-2023, QC No AAAFN-23-107894; Revised: 31-May-2023, Manuscript No. AAAFN-23-107894 (R); Published: 06-Jun-2023, DOI:10.35841/aaafn-6.3.148

Citation: Ezanetti T. Prep, cook and conquer: Nutrition meal preparation for optimal performance. Arch Food Nutr. 2023;6(3):148

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In today's fast-paced world, meal preparation has become an indispensable skill for anyone seeking a balanced and healthy lifestyle. Also known as meal prepping, this practice involves planning and cooking meals in advance, saving time, money, and energy while ensuring that you eat nutritious and delicious dishes throughout the week. Whether you're a busy professional, a student, or a parent juggling various responsibilities, mastering the art of meal preparation can revolutionize your relationship with food and overall well-being [1].

The benefits of meal preparation

Time Savings: Time is undoubtedly one of the most valuable resources we have. By dedicating a few hours once or twice a week to meal preparation, you can save significant time on daily cooking. This allows you to invest more of your precious moments into other activities you cherish.

Consistent Nutrition: When you prepare your meals in advance, you have complete control over the ingredients, portion sizes, and nutritional content. This means you can tailor your meals to meet your specific dietary needs and fitness goals, ensuring a consistent intake of nutrients.

Financial Savings: Eating out or ordering takeout regularly can quickly add up and strain your budget. Meal preparation, on the other hand, allows you to buy ingredients in bulk, take advantage of discounts, and avoid impulsive food purchases [2].

Healthier Choices: By planning and cooking your meals, you can avoid processed and unhealthy fast food options. Instead, you can incorporate more fresh produce, lean proteins, and whole grains into your diet, promoting better overall health [3].

Reduced Food Waste: Meal prepping allows you to use ingredients efficiently and reduce food waste. You can plan recipes that share common ingredients, preventing items from going bad in the back of your fridge.

Getting started with meal preparation

Plan your menu: Begin by deciding which meals you want to prepare for the upcoming week. Take into account your dietary preferences, nutritional requirements, and any special occasions that may influence your meal choices [4].

Create a shopping list: Based on your planned menu, create a comprehensive shopping list. Make sure to check your pantry and fridge first to avoid unnecessary purchases of items you already have.

Choose the right day: Pick a day or two each week that works best for your schedule to dedicate to meal preparation. Many people find that Sunday and Wednesday work well, allowing them to prepare meals for the first half and second half of the week.

Invest in quality containers: Having a set of durable and practical food storage containers is essential for meal preparation. Opt for containers that are microwave-safe, dishwasher-safe, and seal tightly to keep your meals fresh.

Keep it simple: As a beginner, start with simple recipes that are easy to prepare and store. As you gain confidence, you can experiment with more complex dishes.

Tips for successful meal preparation

Batch Cooking: Consider cooking large quantities of staples like grains, proteins, and roasted vegetables at once. This makes it easy to mix and match ingredients for a variety of meals throughout the week.

Portion Control: Divide your prepared meals into appropriate portions to avoid overeating and to ensure that you have the right amount of food for each meal.

Label and date: Label your containers with the name of the dish and the date it was prepared. This helps you keep track of the freshness of your meals and prevents confusion.

Freeze for later: If you find that you won't consume all your prepared meals within a few days, consider freezing some for later use.

Spice it up: Don't be afraid to use herbs, spices, and sauces to add variety to your meals. Experimenting with different flavors will keep your taste buds excited [5].


Meal preparation is a valuable skill that can greatly enhance your daily life. By planning ahead and dedicating a little time to cooking in advance, you can enjoy the benefits of time and financial savings, improved nutrition, and reduced food waste. So, why not take the first step towards mastering the art of meal preparation and savor the rewards it brings to your table and well-being happy cooking.


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