Running with Reynolds: How to meal prep on a budget

Meal prep isn’t for the faint at heart.

It requires time, effort and a little extra cash at the grocery store to buy produce and other clean foods. So, if you’re trying to plan your meals out to avoid the alternative fast-food, here are a few ideas if your bank account is a little strapped.


With a few added minutes to your morning routine, fix yourself a quick smoothie, which will last me through breakfast and much of the day before going hungry for a meal around 1 or 2 p.m. Try a green version or mix fruits with protein powder. Grab a lid and straw on your way out.

Frozen meals

This is my go-to quick meal. I usually get Smart Ones or Lean Cuisine and don’t feel too guilty about it. Amy’s, though, is a great brand for cleaner frozen meals. You can usually find good deals and purchase three or four for a good price. Plus, they keep in the freezer for a while.

Cans of soup

This takes the gold in easy-to-grab meals — no preparation required except for a bowl and a microwave. Again, Amy’s is my go-to brand. It’s healthy but still filling, unlike some frozen meals.