Life on the Fly? Meal Prep to the Rescue

Hectic schedules, eating on-the-go, and pre-packaged meals? If you are like most Americans, you know a thing or two about all of these things. Shaving time off your routine may be helpful now, but research suggests it may not be beneficial to your health, specifically your weight. Meal prep can help you get more organized with your eating habits.

Wisconsin’s Steady Rise of Obesity

ObesityRatesWisconsin now has the 14th highest adult obesity rate in the nation, according to The State of Obesity: Better Policies for a Healthier America. Wisconsin’s adult obesity rate is currently 31.2 percent, up from 19.4 percent in 2000 and from 11.8 percent in 1990.

Meal Prep Time Matters: How much time are you spending each day? 
A study by the American Journal of Preventive Medicine suggests meal prep can improve dietary habits. They conducted a study and asked 1,319 adults about the amount of time they spent preparing, cooking,   and cleaning up after meals.

Results showed:
• 16% said that they spent less than 60 minutes
• 43% said they prepped 1-2 hours per day
• 41% said they prepped for 2 or more hours per day

12 Brilliant Meal Prep Ideas to Free Up Your Time
With the steady increase of obesity, both in Wisconsin and nationwide, meal preparation may be a good option. An article from Life by Daily Burn makes it easy-peasy.

Spiral-veggiesHere’s a preview:
1. Season meat three ways using just one pan.
2. Chop or spiralize raw vegetables in advance.
3. Make portions crystal clear.
4. Bag up smoothie ingredients.
5. Use muffin tins for smarter breakfast frittatas.

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