In need of inspiration? Try these 22 easy meal prep recipes for muscle-building and fat loss.
Whether you’re just starting out in the world of fitness, or you’re a seasoned pro looking for something other than plain chicken breast and broccoli, you need to try these tasty, and most importantly, easy meal prep recipes for muscle-building and fat-loss.
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Why you need to meal prep:
1. Make healthy eating effortless
Meal prep makes healthy eating easy. With a little forward planning, you won’t even have to think about cooking for days.
2. Pre-portioned food
If you want to build muscle and lose fat, it’s crucial to fuel your body with the right amount of calories and nutrients – and that means weighing your food. But getting the scales out at every single meal is awkward, tiresome and confusing (and not to mention a little antisocial).
Meal prep in advance for pre-packed, pre-portioned meals to support your fitness goals.
3. Nutrient timing is everything
Research shows that to get the best out of your training regime, it’s vital to consume enough protein and carbohydrates at the right time, in order to expedite muscle recovery and growth and prevent muscle catabolism (i.e. breakdown)1.
Preparing your food in advance makes it so much easier for you to consume the food your body requires, at the correct time.
4. Your time is precious
Why spend every single day planning what to cook, buying ingredients and making your meals, when you could be doing something more productive with your time?
Get ahead of the game and meal prep in advance, so you can spend your time doing what matters the most to you.
You can keep your new meals perfectly packed and portioned throughout the week with these slim-design, multiple-compartment meal prep containers.
Meal Prep Recipes
Meal prepping couldn’t be easier when you only need one baking tray to make it. Try this delicious one-tray cashew chicken meal prep recipe for 4 days’ worth of tasty lunches.
Try this super-easy seared tuna steak with pink peppercorns and sweet potato wedges for a batch of healthy meals, with a huge 54g protein per meal.
Give this high-protein creamy sausage pasta a go for your next batch meal prep session. This recipe uses quark in place of cream cheese and reduced-fat sausages to keep it lean – without skimping on flavour.
Batch cook your lunches in advance with this flavoursome, vegan-friendly, high-protein lentil dal. This dal gets the bulk of its protein from nutrient-dense lentils and chickpeas, which are also loaded with fibre and essential vitamins and minerals like folate, thiamin, pantothenic acid, vitamin B6, iron, phosphorus, and zinc.
This spicy salmon meal prep recipe makes 3 days’ worth of tasty lunches and is seriously easy to prepare. Plus, salmon is brimming with omega-3 fatty acids – known to enhance muscle building and keep you lean. Bonus.
Whip these up on a Sunday for breakfast burritos that brighten up your weekday mornings. Simply pop them in the freezer, then grab one and warm it up 2 minutes’ flat for the ultimate healthy, filling breakfast.
This superfood overnight oats recipe is packed with powerful and nutritious ingredients including maca, bee pollen, flax, green tea extract, and chia so you can start your day right. Soaking oats overnight means the oats get super plumped up and pudding-like – great for a grab and go breakfast.
Looking for something new to make with your sweet potatoes? This protein-packed sweet potato hash is the perfect muscle-building breakfast.
Liven up your chicken meal prep with this quick harissa chicken and tabbouleh – packed with protein and healthy carbohydrates.
This ultra-speedy haddock kedgeree makes a serious meal prep upgrade from plain chicken and broccoli. Swap in Protein Rice for the ultimate high-protein meal prep.
Who said takeaway meals have to be unhealthy? Try this low-carb teriyaki beef meal prep fake-away recipe next time the cravings set in.