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The ultimate shopping list for meal preppers

The ultimate shopping list for meal preppers

Meal prep is all about creating balanced, healthy meals but with so much nutritional information available, it can be tricky to know where to begin. It can become even more daunting when you're stood in the middle of a supermarket with an empty basket, so we're here to make life a little simpler! If you're new to meal prep or even a seasoned pro, we've pulled together the key items from each food group that can form the basis of dozens of vibrant, varied meals. Pick and choose as you please to create the ultimate shopping list - the more colours, the better!

Vegetables

Kale, spinach, brussel sprouts, asparagus, beetroot, tomatoes, squash, green beans, peppers, carrots, cauliflower, artichokes, peas, cabbage, cucumbers, celery, lettuce, mushrooms, radishes, onions.

Fruits

Raspberries, blueberries, blackberries, strawberries, watermelon, cantaloupe melon, orange, tangerine, apple, grapefruit, cherries, grapes, kiwi, mango, peach, nectarine, pear, pineapple, banana, papaya, figs, honeydew melon.

Proteins

Sardines, chicken/turkey (bone/skinless), lean chicken/turkey mince, fish- freshwater (tilapia, catfish, trout), fish-cold water (cod, tuna, salmon), game, eggs, egg whites, yoghurt (plain, 2%), shellfish (shrimp, crab, lobster, clams), red meat (extra lean), lean mince, tempeh, tofu, pork tenderloin, cottage cheese.

Seeds and dressings

Raw nuts (chopped), raw seeds (pumpkin, sunflower, sesame), flaxseed.

Oil and nut butters

Extra virgin olive oil, extra virgin coconut oil, flaxseed oil, pumpkin seed oil, nut butters (peanut, almond, cashew, etc), seed butters (pumpkin, sunflower, sesame).

Carbs

Sweet potato, yams, quinoa, beans (kidney, black, garbanzo, white, lima, etc), lentils, edmame, peas, refried beans, rice (brown, wild), potato, corn, amaranth, millet, buckwheat, barley, bulgar, oatmeal, pasta (whole-grain), couscous (whole-wheat), bread (whole-grain), tortilla (whole-wheat).

Healthy fats

Avocado, raw nuts (cashews, pecan halves, peanuts, walnut halves, pistachios), hummus, coconut milk, feta cheese, goat cheese, mozzarella, cheddar, parmesan. Remember to only do what feels comfortable for you and make sure it suits your lifestyle. Even if it’s just chopping up a few veggies and assembling food in containers, planning ahead can help you create nutritious, simple meals that are kind on your body and your bank account. Share your meal prep stories with us on Instagram and check out our blog for exciting recipes to mix up your meal prep. Our Igluu containers can be purchased on Amazon or on our website.
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