Step 1: Clean out the fridge & organize
Step 2: Take inventory
The first 2 steps are commonly skipped and can be cause of complete overwhelm. Organize your fridge to make room for the new food and throw out any expired or 'bad for you' foods. This will also make it easier to take inventory and create a grocery list based off of what you have and what you need. Save money and don't double up on items you already have hiding in the back of your fridge.
Step 3: Create this weeks plan for breakfast, lunch, dinners and snack. I based the next days lunch off of what my left overs might be from the dinners the night before. Remember, lunch should have a carb, protein and veggie, and dinner should have just a protein and a veggie!
Step 4: From your weeks meal plan draw out individual items in a grocery list. Do you already have some of these items? Write down what you need from the store in an organized list according to food type: Protein, Produce, Dairy etc.
Step 5: Go grocery shopping and stick to the list! Don't buy anything more or anything less!
Step 6: Unload from bags and put away in your already neatly organized fridge!
Step 7: Begin preparing Monday's Lunch & Dinner. If you're new at meal prepping do one day at a time. OR if you want to prep the whole week I reccomend eating the same thing every other day.
If you've been doing this for a while have at it and prepare the whole work weeks meals. I tend to prepare 2-3 days at a time to keep the foods fresh and moist.