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13 Tools That Make Meal Prepping So Much Easier

And a few other helpful tips!

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Meal prepping becomes a lot easier to do when you have the right tools.

Whether you are just looking to eat a little healthier, reduce the stress of cooking every day, or practice portion control for weight loss, we rounded up some of the best products that will help you stay on track.

Of course, the most important part is making sure you have a balanced and interesting menu to sustain you for the week, but that's another post!

1. This set of seven meal prep containers is very useful if you are microwaving your whole meal or eating everything cold.

Snacks can go into plastic baggies or portioned containers like in No. 3, while your main meal (which would usually consist of protein, a vegetable, and a carb or starch) goes into this container.

Price: $14.95 for the set.

2. These stackable salad containers serve double duty because they can also be used when you only want to microwave part of your meal.

One of the most frustrating parts of traditional meal prep containers is that you end up having to eat everything cold. With this stackable container you can put your microwavable portion in the bottom and keep cold items in the removable top section. If you want to bring an actual salad, the blue piece on the bottom is a snap-on ice pack that keeps your food cold on the go.

Price: $8.29 each.

3. This pack of seven portion control containers is perfect for helping you quickly measure out your snacks and meals.

This pack of containers comes with labels that help you to know exactly how much of each type of food you should be packing. For example, the blue container should hold fats, like nuts, and the yellow should hold carbs. It's not 100% accurate for everything (you'll need a scale for that), but it's a good tool for someone who is just trying to prep healthier choices for themselves.

Price: $14.95

4. A fresh 12-pack of Mason jars is like gold for any meal prepper, especially if you're prepping for more than one person.

Mason jars are the best for prepping overnight oats. Just pack your favorite dry ingredients in with your oats (like cinnamon, dry fruit, or nuts) and toss a whole week's worth in the fridge. I like to add almond milk and fresh fruit to my oats the night before and then microwave them in the morning or eat them cold. Check out how to prep oats with freeze-dried fruit here, and how to use Mason jars to prep salads here.

Price: $17.99 for a 12-pack of wide-mouthed 16 oz jars.

5. For anyone who is really serious about meal prepping and weight loss, a flat scale with easy-to-read numbers is a very important tool for portion control.

Scales allow you to actually portion out your food correctly based on ounces (as opposed to volume). It also helps to train your brain to recognize what proper serving sizes actually look like, so that when you are out eating with friends you have a better visual cue as to how much you should be eating. Read more here.

Price: $12.99

6. This combination rice cooker, steamer, and slow cooker is the perfect all-in-one tool to help you prep for the week.

You can make rice or pretty much any other grain at the same time that you steam veggies, and then you can slow cook pretty much anything when you're done. Pro tip: Cook your rice with low or no sodium vegetable stock — it'll flavor the grains AND the veggies!

Price: $59.90.

7. Investing in a quality set of large Pyrex containers will make it easier to cook and store big batches for the week.

Obviously some of what you make will get separated out into smaller containers for your lunches, but you'll need a place to put the rest of your prepared ingredients for use when making dinner. This set comes with five containers that range from 2 to 6 cups' worth of storage.

Price: $19.96 for the set.

8. If you eat a lot of hard-boiled eggs (a very common meal prep food), you'll appreciate that the Dash Go cooks 6 hard-boiled eggs in less than 10 minutes.

This is especially great because hard-boiled eggs start to taste funky after a few days in the fridge, so you can make a second batch mid-week without doing any work at all. It also has an insert for making omelettes and poached eggs.

Price: $14.96

9. This is more about healthy ways to pump up the flavor in your food, but a huge community of meal preppers and clean eaters literally live and die by Flavor God seasonings.

All of the seasonings are paleo and vegan with low sodium and no calories. You can use them while cooking or just put them on top of your food. They are expensive, but a lot of people swear by them.

Price: The packs and individual spices vary, but this one is $39.99 for a three-pack.

10. If you need to bring a full day of prepped meals with you to work, this cooler bag will definitely help you out.

It has a special insulated pocket for water bottles and it even comes with four 28-oz containers.

Price: $32.99

11. Use bins to keep your prep organized once you've made everything, and designate one of them for "today's food" so you know exactly what to grab from the fridge in the morning.

Price: If you don't have a dollar store nearby, here is a set of four large bins (two will fit side by side in a standard fridge shelf) for $22.49.

12. If you cook with a lot of kale or chard, this de-stemmer will make your prep go way faster.

Stripping kale is a pain, especially when you're batch sauteeing a whole week's worth of it. This is a cheap and easy fix!

Price: $7.99

13. If you love drinking smoothies for breakfast, getting a personal-size blender like the NutriBullet will change your life.

Prep all of your smoothie ingredients in plastic baggies or Mason jars at the beginning of the week (my favorite smoothie to prep ahead uses spinach, banana, pear, cinnamon, and a few pecans) and in the morning just pop them in the blender with some almond milk and switch out the blade for a lid.

Price: $79.99

And if you need some healthy lunchtime meal prep ideas, we've got you covered!

Check the guide out here.

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