We all know how to prepare a meal, but how do we make great tasting vegan food that provides all the nutrients our bodies need and is easily accessible on the go? It sounds like a tall order but there are some key components that can help make it easier. If you’re looking to take your very first steps in meal prep check out our article guide, and if you’re ready to take the next step in combining the elements to prepare healthy, high-protein, vitamin-rich meals that taste amazing, read 3 Tips for Your Ultimate Vegan Meal Prep!
1. Protein in Meal Prep
Protein is a main component in meal prep. It’s the nutrient responsible for growth and repair, it balances hormone levels keeping cravings at bay and makes us feel fuller for longer. When looking at protein sources in meal prep look for ones that are naturally abundant such as tofu, tempeh, lentils and grains. This will serve as the “bulk” or base of your meal and the most fulfilling counterpart. Check out the video below for some inspiration on how to make protein sources the stand out element of some epic meals.
2. Carbohydrates & Why They’re Good
Like protein, carbohydrates have their own stigma in the food and fitness world and 99% of the time they play the villain. This is a shame because carbohydrates role in meal prep is just as important if not more important than protein. Without getting too technical, carbohydrates primarily serve as the body’s key source of energy. While protein will help our bodies remain strong and stable; carbohydrates provide all working energy for our brain and body and allows us to most simply; move. When looking for carbohydrates to add to your vegan meals focus on unprocessed, vitamin-rich sources such as potatoes and rice and include vegetables such as greens and of course fruit. You can’t go wrong!
3. Healthy Fats
“Healthy fats” sounds like a comedic oxymoron that definitely shouldn’t be paired together. But keep laughing because the right fats do the right things for our bodies and can even help with long term weight loss. How? you ask. Well natural fats are responsible for clearing your system and maintaining functionality. Natural fat sources such as avocados, olives, nuts and seeds are great additions to our meal prep adding extra flavour and nutrients. Keep the portion to roughly the size of your palm, which will provide everything you need without piling on the unnecessary pounds.