Meal Prepping! The Benefits of Eating Meals at Home


Every day, millions of Americans come home from a long day of work tired and hungry. Most people don’t want to spend a bunch of time cooking when they come home from work. They’d probably rather get fast food on their way home, or order something from Grubhub- and honestly, who can blame them?

One great way to tackle this problem is by meal prepping! Meal prepping is buying food from the grocery store and then that same night preparing meals for the next few days. And the awesome part is, you don’t have to do it all by yourself! Grab yourself and 2 friends, go to the store together, and pick out the ingredients.

Each of you can choose one meal you’d like to make and then select enough ingredients for the 3 of you to enjoy that meal once. In total, each of you should have a different meal to eat every night for the next 3 nights. This may sound a bit confusing, so allow me to explain a little bit more.

Once y’all have purchased the ingredients, go back to one of your friend’s houses (or your house), and start to prepare the meals. Friend #1 can make one type of meal, Friend #2 can make another type, and then you yourself can prepare a type of meal. Each time one of you prepares a dish, you make enough for the three of you.

Then you all can package the meal you have made into 3 separate air-tight containers. Then just swap so that each of you can have a different meal each day for the next three days!

So why is meal prepping a good idea? Why should you give it a try? Well, there’s multiple benefits!

For one thing, you’ll save money! Instead of ordering in, or going to a restaurant to eat, you can save money by eating in. Think of it this way, if you meal prep, each meal could potentially only cost $6 in comparison to the $13 you might spend on a meal if you went to a restaurant to eat. If you keep doing this, you could save a lot of money over time!

Another awesome benefit to meal prepping is that the food you prepare (depending on how you make it of course) is that it can be healthier than eating at a fast food restaurant. Using fresh ingredients, the food can contain a lot less unhealthy ingredients such as trans fat or cholesterol. You can also control your portions by meal prepping and using air-tight containers with  sections for each side dish of the meal.

All humans need to eat because it’s essential for us to survive. But it’s never a bad idea to consider nutrition and cost when it comes to food. 🙂