If you are anything like me, you want to eat healthy and you are even willing to pay a little extra for organic foods and free range meats, but containers? Seriously? I mean, I have cabinets full of containers! I bet you do as well – why else would we bother to wash out all those yogurt, margarine, and peanut butter jars, right?
Wow, when I look back, I see I had a lot to learn. My mother taught me to save those containers so I wouldn’t have to pay for more expensive containers that, in her mind, were the same thing.
I’ve learned so much in the past couple of years; about eating right, about meal prep, and, sorry mom, about buying proper containers.
Let me clue you in on what I’ve learned the hard way so you don’t have to.
While I’m not knocking the people who have the time to shop every few days and cook from scratch every night, the fact is that I’m just not one of them! I’m often too busy and too tired to even think of cooking most nights, which means I’ll go right for the pizza or drive through of my choice. This means I spend way too much money on food that isn’t good for me.
I’ve learned that, by doing my meal planning once a week, I only cook one time and I’ve got healthy, terrific tasting, virtually no cooking involved meals waiting for me each night. However, getting back to containers, wow, did I have problems in the beginning.
I discovered that, not only did I NOT have anywhere near the number of containers I needed, but the ones I had were not meant for food. I’m not kidding! Many of my containers had BPA or were not meant for the dishwasher, and to top it all off? Many of the lids were not all that tight fitting, so they leaked air, drying out my beautiful meals. They were difficult to store in the fridge, too, as I had rectangular ones, round ones, etc. It was a complete hassle!
I considered giving up my meal prep, but on second thought, realized that was a huge mistake. So instead, I ended up giving away almost all my containers and buying new ones.
You are probably thinking of those old Tupperware containers your mom used to have, but technology is taking over, friends! Let’s consider all our options:
Plastic food grade containers are perfect for most people’s busy lifestyles. They are lightweight, have tight fitting lids, and they stack in the fridge or freezer nicely!
There are probably 100 different types and brands to choose from, but take a look at these. We like the Evolutionize Healthy Meal Prep Container for several reasons, including:
You can buy these with a single compartment or buy them with separate compartments so your gravy and sauces don’t get mixed up. We like both! We use the single compartments for soups and salads, while using the multi-compartment model for dinners.
These are also very reasonably priced! Compare them to similar products from Tupperware or other manufacturers, you will find these stackable, washable, toxic free containers are well worth the price.