Food Prep Essentials

We spend countless hours working on our fitness goals.  Whether it’s sweating like crazy during a cardio session, punching a heavy bag, throwing weights around, taking classes, or a combination of all of the above, the time we spend on our physical activity should be complemented with a diet suited to help us achieve our goals.  Why leave the nutrition aspect, which is most critical, up to chance?   What am I saying exactly?… You are going to spend a lot of time in the gym, but you’re also going to be in the kitchen quite a bit.  In order to find success, food prep is a priority.  Your kitchen will need some basic tools to get you through food prep with ease. Some people like to cook food in bulk 1 or 2 days per week, and then store everything in large containers.  Others, like myself, prefer to cook more frequently, 3 or 4 days per week, in an effort to eat food that is more fresh.  This approach still requires an arsenal of plastic storage containers of various sizes.  Here is a quick list I put together of kitchen essentials to make food prep easier:

  • digital food scale
  • measuring spoons
  • various size plastic storage containers
  • plastic baggies – snack, sandwich, quart size
  • multiple large frying pans/skillets with lid or mesh splash guard
  • metal baking trays
  • ceramic bakeware
  • aluminum foil
  • spatula
  • large spoons – plastic or wood
  • cutting boards – I prefer wood for veggies and fruit, plastic for raw meats
  • various size cutlery – the sharper the better
  • thick oven mitts
  • timer
  • coffeemaker
  • Optional – Radio/iPod docking station – Music is a must for many people

Of course, this list may be missing some items, but it is a good starting point.

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