You already know how much we love the idea of doing meal prep to save time and money. So we knew you would love our tips for How to Meal Prep for the Keto Diet. We have done this for ourselves a lot, so we know the in's and out's and can definitely make the process easier for you to manage. We've pulled together our top tips, menu plans, and ideas to make it easy for anyone to make this WOE (way of eating) work for them.
How to Meal Prep for the Keto Diet
Make meals the entire family will enjoy.
One big deterrent for many people is that they feel trapped into making separate meals for themselves and the rest of their family. Don't do it!!! it just isn't necessary! So many of your favorite meals are already keto friendly. Minor adaptations are all they need to make you able to eat them easily! Below we have not just a sample beginner menu, but also some popular family-friendly recipes on our site that are also keto-friendly. This is to show you that you don't have to make a separate menu for yourself and your family. You can cook one meal and everyone can enjoy it together.
- Philly Cheese Steaks Skillet - Keto
- Bacon Ranch Stuffed Burger - Keto
- One Sheet Chicken & Broccoli Dinner - Keto
- Crockpot Italian Beef - Keto
Rely on food blogs and cookbooks for ready made menus.
Until you get the hang of it, looking for those who are already, "in the know" really does help a lot. There are some great groups on social media dedicated to sharing tips, and of course, blogs like our own and others that work hard to provide readers with recipes. We have a few menu plans listed below that we have compiled, and also our own list of Best Keto Cookbooks for you to check out. Some are even available to download on your Kindle!
Stock up on items on the Keto friendly grocery list.
We recently shared our Printable Keto Diet Shopping List with you to use if you are a beginner. This is a great tool to keep on hand so you know some of the most popular and easy to grab items to keep you in ketosis while beginning the diet. Keep a copy of this printed and next to your purse for grocery day. Always have these options on hand, so even if you aren't fully prepared for dinner, you'll have something on hand that won't set you off track.
Do as much prep as you can in advance.
One of the most effective ways to combat problems with any way of eating is to plan ahead. Meal prep for the Keto diet is no different. Doing preparation in advance is the key to your success. One of my dear friends, Alea Milham, actually wrote a cookbook a few years ago called Prep Ahead Meals from Scratch. While this is not a Keto Diet cookbook, the principle behind it is very similar. It is worth investing in just for the tips on how to prep protein in advance. I promise you will learn how to cook foods ahead of time, you never thought you could, and find they taste just as delicious when thawed and reheated.
I also recommend you spend time portioning out things like side dishes, snacks (for kids), and lunches in advance so you can simply grab an item and reheat or eat as needed. This saves time and keeps you from grabbing the non-Keto friendly items from the pantry. I learned how to make hard boiled eggs in the oven for at least dozen eggs a week. These hard boiled eggs can stay in the refrigerator for me to eat alone at breakfast with salt and pepper alongside my eggs, or to mash and mix with mayonnaise for some Keto egg salad lettuce wraps at lunch. 5 minutes one day provides meals throughout the week!
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