Zults: Tips and Tricks FAQ
Why should I spend time preparing my food over the weekend, when I could just do it each day of the week?
Preparation is key! One common mistake people experience is not having healthier alternatives readily available. When we don’t have healthy food prepared, we tend to reach for items that may not support our fitness goals.
Save money. If you take time to prepare your meals, it keeps you from spending money eating out. In addition, by eating the same meal all week, you’ll eat up any leftovers that would usually end up in the garbage.
Free up your time. Sure, you are going to spend a few hours grocery shopping and preparing your meals during the weekend. But think about all the free time you will have during the week when you want to spend time with your family or want to come home from school or work and relax in the evenings!
What are the “essential” kitchen items that I will need to make my food preparation easier?
Make sure to have the following items on-hand during Zults:
- Food Scale
- Glass and BPA-free airtight containers
- Resealable bags, all sizes
- Small, medium, and large pots with lids
- Medium and large skillets with lids
- Baking sheet
- Muffin Tray
- Foil or parchment paper
- Mixing bowls
- Cutting boards – one for meat, one for everything else
- Measuring cups and spoons
My fridge is so FULL! How do I save space during Zults?
Stock up on BPA-free resealable bags! Use these to store prepared food because they take up less space. They are also great to store daily snacks. Another great way to save space is to clean your fridge before your weekly trip to the grocery store.
What type of protein powder should I buy?
There are many brands that work for Zults. Just look for an all-natural protein powder that has 22-25 grams of protein per serving and less than 4 grams of sugar.
Are there any tips to save money while grocery shopping?
Stock up. Look at foods you use often and stock up when they are on sale. You can freeze items for future use.
Don’t go hungry! You will be more focused if you go to the grocery store on a full stomach. It will also help you to keep from making poor choices!
Buy bulk. No one wants to buy a whole bottle of a spice when you just need a small amount. Instead, purchase spices (and nuts) from the bulk section.
I can’t drink this much water! How can I make it more appealing?
Add flavor to your water with fresh lemon, lime or orange juice (from a real orange). Another fun way to add flavor is to add muddled berries.
My food is bland and I don’t know how to add flavor without adding sodium.
Add flavor to your food by using fresh or dried herbs, salt-free seasonings, and/or hot sauce. Make sure to stay away from anything with added sugar.
How can I save time while completing my food preparation?
Read the instructions. Find the items that will take the most time and begin with those. If there are items that you can do ahead of time, like rice or quinoa, feel free to prep these before your actual “prep day.”
Prepare “like items” at once. Rather than prepare all ingredients from one meal, look at your weekly menu as a whole. If there is meat that needs to be trimmed or sliced for more than one meal, do it all at once. Same with vegetables.
Purchase kitchen shears. Use one set for poultry and a second set for vegetables.
Think ahead. Wash, slice and dice vegetables as soon as you get home from the grocery store. This will save time later when you begin to prepare your meal.
Slow Cooker/Instant Pot. Feel free to use either item to help during your weekly preparations.
My weekend just got crazy and I don’t have time to complete my food preparation. What do I do?
Life is busy and schedules can change quickly. Instead of throwing in the towel, divide the prep over several days or just see how much you can get done with the time you have. As much as possible, create a routine with your food preparation and stick to it in the future!
I don’t enjoy cooking. How can I find ways to enjoy the process?
Play some music or put on your favorite show while you cook. You can also have a member of your family (or friends) help you with certain items. It might take longer, but you’ll have fun along the way.
My kitchen is a disaster when I am done with my food preparation. How can I keep it clean?
Clean up as you go. Wash dishes as you use them, and take a few minutes to wipe your counters in between. When chopping your vegetables, keep a “garbage” bowl on the counter to dispose of any food that needs to be tossed out.