Meal prepping high-protein meals ensures you get the nutrients you need for an active lifestyle!
Protein is an essential macronutrient that helps our bodies repair and build tissues. It’s especially important for physically active or trying to build muscle mass.
Meal prepping is a great way to ensure you get enough protein throughout the day without constantly cooking and preparing meals.
Grilled Chicken and Vegetable Skewers
Grilled chicken and vegetable skewers are a great option for meal prep because they’re easy to make in large quantities and can be eaten cold or reheated. Chicken is a great source of lean protein and is low in fat, while vegetables are packed with essential vitamins and minerals.
Mix chicken breast in your favorite seasoning or marinade for at least an hour to make this meal. Cut up vegetables like zucchini, bell peppers, and onions into bite-sized pieces and skewer them with the chicken.
Grill or bake in the oven until the chicken and the vegetables are tender. You can make a large batch of these skewers and divide them into meal prep containers with a side of quinoa or brown rice for a well-rounded and high-protein meal.
Lentil and Vegetable Stew
Lentils are a great source of plant-based protein and fiber, making them a perfect option for vegetarians or anyone looking to reduce their meat consumption. To make a lentil and vegetable stew for meal prep:
- Start by sautéing onions, garlic, and diced carrots in a large pot.
- Add lentils, canned tomatoes, vegetable broth, and favorite spices like cumin or paprika.
- Simmer until the lentils are cooked, and the stew has thickened. You can also add other vegetables like spinach, kale, or sweet potatoes for an extra boost of nutrients.
- Divide the stew into meal prep containers and enjoy throughout the week.
Turkey Meatballs with Spaghetti Squash
Turkey is a lean source of protein and a great alternative to beef or pork. To make turkey meatballs for meal prep, combine ground turkey, breadcrumbs, egg, and your favorite seasonings like garlic, parsley, and oregano.
Roll the mixture into balls and bake in the oven until cooked through. Serve the meatballs over spaghetti squash, which is a low-carb alternative to pasta that’s also rich in fiber and vitamins.
To prepare the spaghetti squash, cut it in half and bake it in the oven until tender. Scrape out the flesh with a fork to create spaghetti-like strands. Divide the meatballs and spaghetti squash into meal prep containers and enjoy throughout the week.
These three meals are easy to make, delicious, and can be customized to your taste preferences. Incorporate them into your meal prep routine for a healthy and convenient way to fuel your body.