Hey everyone! I have an interesting topic for y’all today. I have recently become a commuter to the college I go to. If you’ve followed my blog for quite some time you knew that I lived on campus for the past 3 years and needed a break. So my last year I had decided to commute. This of course comes with pros and cons but in a way I feel the need for meal prep for commuters is a pro. Let’s discuss:
Being a commuter I don’t get to take out a meal plan with the school. This means I have to pay out of pocket for any food I purchase there. If you’ve seen college food prices, you know that it’s way overpriced and not worth it. So, I think of this as a pro mostly because it saves money in the long run. I also think of this as a pro because you can force yourself to eat healthier! I feel a lot of times when someone hears meal prep they run the opposite direction screaming. But it’s easy if you follow some of my tips on How To Successfully Meal Plan:
Get yourself food that you know you’ll like and that you will definitely eat. For example, don’t assume you’ll like kale if you’ve never had it before. Bring dishes you know you’ll enjoy.
Make sure you bring food in a lunchbox with an ice pack or only bring food that won’t go/taste bad after sitting out. I suggest getting a good size lunchbox that you can put your food in as well as an ice pack to keep it cool. If you can’t, don’t bring foods that will go bad like salad, anything with dairy or cream.
Make sure if you are bringing hot food– also bring in a microwaveable container. You don’t want to be stuck eating cold food that’s meant to be hot because you forgot to bring one. Side note: don’t bring hot food if your school doesn’t have a microwave for you to use at your leisure.
Bring everything you need in reusable form. Repurchasing containers, utensils and water bottles will get pricy. Bring ones you can just wash and reuse without hassle. Also– HUGE ADVICE– make sure you actually clean out the containers.
My last tip is to make sure you cook almost every night. All of your food should be cooked for the week on one designated day. Also, make sure to pack your meals the night before so you aren’t rushing. You don’t want to rush and forget to grab your lunch or you just don’t have enough time to make the food and you fall into purchasing overpriced food.
I hope you enjoyed this post and I know it’s different from what I usually do. Let me know if you want to see more posts like this. Please remember to subscribe for email notifications for when I post new content. Comment down below what your thoughts are on meal prep.