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Minimalist Meal Prep Grocery Guide

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Do you ever find yourself stuck wondering what the hell to buy at the store to start meal prepping? I know that was me for a long time, and that’s why I created this meal prep grocery guide.

Meal prepping doesn’t have to be complicated or boring… unless you’re like me and you legit prep two proteins, some veggies and some carbs that you can just piece together when you want to make a meal.

It doesn’t have to be like that.

You can seriously find meals to prep for the week and there are loads of meal prep recipes out there too!

How to Plan Your Meal Prep with Our Meal Prep Grocery Guide

One: Choose Meats

This meal prep grocery guide isn’t the Holy Grail of meat selections, but it will definitely give you options to choose from so you don’t get bored.

Pick one or two or even three meats from the meal prep grocery guide to add to your weekly rotation. Keep things fresh!

Two: Choose Veggies

I usually load up on veggies when I’m planning a meal prep grocery run. If I had to guess I would say I usually grab four or more items on this list every time.

Also, I’m pretty basic too. I stick to relatively similar items week to week.

Three: Choose Starchy Carbs (if you want)

This will basically be a personal choice for some of you.

You can choose to eat starchy carbs, you can choose not to eat starchy carbs. It’s up to you.

I add in some starches around my workouts and at supper, and I feel better that way. It’s what I like and what works for me personally.

You gotta find what works for you and do more of that.

Four: Add Fruits (if you want)

If you’re a fruit lover then load up on some yummy fruits.

On this list, you’ll find the low carb options, but feel free to buy some higher carb options too. Again, this list is a basic list. Minimalist meal prep in action sort of thing.

Buy what you love and don’t get bent out of shape because it’s not on the list.

Some folks eat 2-3 servings of fruit a day.

Me, I don’t eat fruit much at all.

Not sure what kind of meal prep containers to use? Check out my guide to meal prep containers!

Five: Dairy, Fats + Oils, Flours + Nuts, and Herbs (these are optional)

Not every meal needs all of these items or any of them really. That’s the beauty of food. You don’t have to add a lot of things to it.

Some foods inherently contain fat or oils and this is ok. Sometimes it’s best to let foods contribute what they have and not add extras.

For instance, if you’re making spaghetti, you don’t really need to add extra fat because the ground beef already has some fat.

Can you add more? Absolutely, if you want to add more.

Then there are herbs. Herbs aren’t on the image because… let’s be honest, we all use herbs and spices and I figured that was a no brainer and kind of personal choice.

Looking for meals that are meal prep friendly? Here’s my Pinterest board full of meal prep recipes.

If you’re not quite sure where to start when it comes to figuring out how much to eat I offer macro consultations and will calculate your macros specifically for your unique self and situation.

Click here to check it out.


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