What are the Best Types of Meal Prep Containers?

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As Meal Prepsters, we often require large quantities of meal prep containers, some more than others, depending on how their meal prep routines are. Whether they plan on a weekly basis, a bi-weekly basis, or even longer. So it’s best to prepare for the worst by having plenty of the best meal prep containers readily available or for backup.

Check this out: Meal Prep Storage Containers of 2015

With that said, the most important qualities to consider when you’re buying new or replacement meal prep containers are that they are: Durable, Lightweight, Air Tight and Leak-free.

Of course there’s other qualities to consider such as: BPA-free, microwave safe, dishwasher safe, and capacity size.

Having the proper tools and containers can really make the art of meal prepping much more efficient. Utilizing various type of containers is good practice for different types of meals . Some examples are snack size containers, shaker bottles, mason jars, or just plan old simple plastic sandwich bags. Below you’ll find those aforementioned containers discussed and their benefits.

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Full Meal Size

These type of meal containers are definitely the most important container for Meal Prepsters. Most people are only familiar with huge corporate brands like Glad and Ziploc so they end up settling especially since they’re so accessible. Plastic container owners also know that the containers don’t last forever and succumb to stains, odors, cracks, and etc.

With that said, it’s time for some enlightenment. There’s some new players in the game and their primary purpose is storing your deliciously prepped meals while considering ideal portion sizes. Word to the wise is to stick with a single brand to avoid mismatching lids and the frustrations that come with that ordeal. So yes that means it’s time to get rid of all those take-out foam/plastic containers that you or your Asian mom(if you have one then you already know) has saved.

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Snack Size

One of our favorite snack sized containers would have to be the Blender Bottle GoStak. It’s made from a Tritan plastic material that is BPA and Phthalate-free, stain and odor resistant as you would expect from any premium grade container. Don’t be fooled by their compact size thinking it can’t be that durable because they’re actually superbly strong. The twist and lock lids for these snack size containers can pose a problem as they tighten quite easily which can make it pretty tough to twist off. A quick remedy for that is to use the bottom of another GoStak bottle to loosen it.

The way they lock together and are stackable is definitely a key feature that we love. Offered in assorted colors and 4 different size variations: 40cc, 60cc, 100cc, and 150cc, for various uses. Stick with the smaller 40cc for dressing, toppings, or even vitamins & pills. Pre-workout supplements are perfect with the 60cc and the 100-150cc for protein powder is the ideal solution.

Blender Bottle GoStak is one of the best, if not THE BEST, snack size container jars on the market so check them out for yourself.
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Blender Bottle

The Blender Bottle is hands down the most popular, if not THE BEST, portable shaker bottle in the fitness industry. They’re so useful for many things not just for mixing up protein powders so perfectly. I love using the smaller 16 oz Blender Bottles to mix up my omelette ingredients into a perfect frothy mixture; it takes seconds. Or to keep it simple, it’s great for plain ol’ fresh water or juices. Another neat feature is the twist lid that creates a perfect leak-free seal without any rubber gasket.

Having just 3 simple components: lid, stainless steel whisk ball, and bottle, makes for an easy cleaning for quick reuse. The bottle is built to withstand quite a beating and is BPA free. Plus they’re so affordable so it’s not hard to buy a couple of these bottles for different situations such as work, my car, or a buddy’s place just in case. They’re so portable and efficient that it’s also perfect for when you’re in a rush and on the go.

It’s about that time to get rid of your ordinary mixer bottle and go with the Blender Bottle. Mix it up and enjoy a perfect breakfast fluffy omelet or a tasty meal-replacement shake with one of these bad boys!
BONUS: Collection of Blender Bottle recipes here.

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Mason Jars

For an all-in-one simple meal prep solution, consider using mason jars as meal prep containers. The best size that will fit a solid entire meal are the 1 quart jars, which also happens to be the most common size available for purchase. Using mason jars makes washing and cleaning them an effortless task. Plus they will surely outlive any plastic container, unless you drop them!

For meals, I’ve prepped an entire simple healthy meal of just brown rice, chicken and broccoli. Another favorite use case for me is to toss up my favorite salad ingredients into the jar and when I’m ready I’ll give it a couple solid shakes to mix everything up real good then voila, a clean healthy salad.

BONUS: Mason jar salad recipes here.

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Plastic Ziploc Bags

Extremely affordable with easily disposable. True pioneers of this healthy meal prep lifestyle. Your mothers and fathers were meal prepping for you way back in the day. You know you remember your peanut butter and jelly sandwich bags and your fruit bags.

These original meal storage containers are what started it all. Simple magical meals have fulfilled the appetites of many hungry children and even adults. Quickly toss in some sliced apples, carrots, or any simple snack and head out and about. One of my favorite uses for these plastic ziploc bags is to put a scoop of protein powder in and take it with me to mix in my shaker after working out. I also tend to store my multi-vitamins and supplements in one of these baggies as well. So simple and cheap, yet amazingly effective.

 

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