11 Essential Gifts for People Who Meal Prep in 2021
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Meal prep makes it easier to stick to your nutrition goals, no matter what they are. When you make a few days’ or a week’s worth of breakfasts, lunches, dinners, and snacks ahead of time, it means that a healthy meal is always within reach. There is never a need to hit the drive-thru when you’ve already made dinner. No more pumping quarters into a vending machine when you have healthy snacks packed and ready to eat.
Having the right tools makes any job faster and easier. Show the meal prepper in your life that you support their goals with a gift that will simplify their routine and save them time every week. Whether your loved ones are already masters of meal prep or they are just getting started with meal prep, here are 11 thoughtful gifts that they will love.
1. Wide-Mouth Mason Jars
Not only are Mason jars super trendy, their shape makes them especially nice for storing salads. When the dressing is at the bottom of the jar and the greens are at the top, nothing gets soggy! Wide-mouth jars are the easiest to use for meal prep. Mason jars are relatively inexpensive and come in sets of 12.
Make your gift extra special by filling some of the jars with healthy dry goods like old-fashioned rolled oats, lentils, brown rice, nuts, or homemade granola. In other empty jars, tuck handwritten recipe cards for Mason jar salads or meal-prep salads.
2. Silicon Muffin Pan
Egg cups, oatmeal cups, and healthy muffins are perfect for meal prep. They’re perfectly portioned, and they store well. Plus, it’s easy to make a week’s worth of breakfasts or snacks all at once. It gets even easier with these silicone muffin pans. Foods pop right out of them, and they’re a cinch to clean.
3. A Good Blender
A person who meal preps can use a blender to make smoothies, soups, salad dressings, and more, and they will love a powerful new tool on their countertop. We sampled several to find the best blender for any budget. We liked this Nutribullet PRO 900 for its sleek, space-saving design. The blending jar doubles as a travel cup, which is convenient for meal preppers on-the-go. Plus it comes in a whole bunch of colors, so you can customize your gift to match any décor.
4. Instant Pot Multi-Cooker
Why buy a separate rice cooker, slow cooker, steamer, and pressure cooker for meal prep when one marvelous appliance does it all? This multifunctional cooker from Instant Pot even makes yogurt. Plus, it has settings to cook soups, stews, meats, and beans at the touch of a button.
5. Glass Food Storage Containers
Several days of meals require a lot of food storage containers! Any meal prepper will be happy to receive fancy glass containers with leak-proof lids. These containers from Glasslock are oven and microwave safe, and the durable plastic lids are BPA-free. Talk about an upgrade from mismatched plastic containers!
6. A Better Insulated Bag
Show the pro meal prepper in your life you’re paying attention. Six Pack Fitness has a solution for the person who takes healthy meals with them everywhere they go. These deluxe insulated bags can keep three meals cold for 8 hours. There is also room for water bottles, utensils, snacks, and supplements. This gift is also awesome for anyone who eats breakfast, lunch, and snacks at work.
7. Hard-Boiled Egg Cooker
Hard-boiled eggs are an excellent, inexpensive protein for meal prep. This extra-large hard-boiled egg cooker from Cuisinart makes it easy to cook enough for the whole week at the touch of a button.
8. Spice Kit
According to our resident meal prep expert Amanda Meixner, “a selection of seasonings makes it a lot easier to eat chicken or fish every day and not get bored. They make things taste good without adding calories, and you can use a different flavor for each meal.” Her favorites? Anything from Flavorgod, because they are already blended and she doesn’t have to measure out several different spices every time she cooks. Flavorgod’s seasonings are free of fillers and chemicals, are low in sodium, and come in fun flavor combinations like Garlic Lovers, Taco Tuesday, and Dynamite (that one’s spicy).
9. Salad Spinner
When making salads days in advance, your lettuce needs to stay dry to avoid getting soggy and wilting. This salad spinner from OXO solves that problem, and it has a lot of features we like. Instead of wrapping an arm around the spinner and cranking a handle, this model has a simple push button that only needs one hand. It’s large capacity fits lots of greens, it’s easy to clean, and the clear plastic bowl is elegant enough to serve salad in.
10. Produce-Saving Containers
There’s nothing more discouraging than buying fresh berries for the week, then discovering they’ve started to mold within a day. These GreenSaver produce storage containers from OXO are the answer. They have an activated carbon filter to absorb ethylene gas, vented openings to promote airflow, and an elevated basket to keep produce away from excess moisture to prevent spoilage. The smallest size is perfect to store a carton of berries, and the basket insert can even be used as a colander to rinse and drain them. Larger sizes keep lettuce, spinach, and other foods fresh longer.
11. Reusable Shopping Bags
Make those weekly meal prep shopping trips more fun with cute, reusable grocery bags. We love this set of five bags that can hold up to 50 pounds and folds up to fit in a purse or pocket. There are several modern prints to choose from.