Food Prep Tips for the Busy Athlete

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Athletes tend to be busier than the average Joe. Hours a week spent in the gym soak up time that could otherwise be used to cook meals or go out to eat. Because time is at a premium, many of us find ourselves drinking protein shakes or picking up takeout or fast food.

Instead, if you take a few hours to prep food for the week, you’ll save yourself tons of time during the week and ensure you’re not making last-minute food choices, which often end up being expensive, greasy, or not very nutritious. On one day, do the following:

  • Pre-bake sweet/regular potatoes. (Bake them for 45 minutes in a 350 degree oven. When you plan to eat them, let them cook another 15-20 minutes in the oven to finish cooking and warm up.)
  • Cut up fruit and veggies. I like making this fruit salad, and cutting up cucumbers for salads and carrots for snacking.
  • Pack lunches for a few days at a time. In one container, I put cooked ground beef, steak, or any leftovers, and in another I pack a salad (keep the dressing separate) or 1/2 a bag of frozen veggies.
  • Plan out your meals ahead of time and buy all your groceries at once. Many of you already do this, but if you don’t, it will save you time and money at the grocery store.
  • Pre-cook bacon in the oven and reheat for breakfast. (Lay it on a rack on top of a cookie sheet and put it in a cold oven. Turn the heat to 400 degrees and cook for 17-20 minutes.)
  • Make these bacon egg cups for grab and go breakfasts.

What are your favorite ways to save time in the kitchen?

  1. Luke says:

    I don’t know about you, but in the morning I’m never quite awake and I bump into walls a lot and am not much of a clear thinker, so before I go to bed the night before, I get out everything I need for breakfast (pan, cutlery, bowls, etc…), clean anything that needs cleaning, and the food gets put together on the one shelf in the fridge so I don’t have to think about where anything is in the morning.

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