The 5 Best Meal Prep Foods (That Last All Week)

There are few better ways to kick-start a healthy eating habit than by dedicating one day each week to meal prep. Given the workweek, Sunday is a popular time to commit to planning out and preparing the meals to get you through the week. However, one of the biggest challenges we face in the art of successful meal prep is choosing ingredients that will stay delicious throughout the week.

While you can always plan for a midweek grocery stop to pick up fresh produce to finish out the week, the majority of your ingredients should be ready to put together in advance and last you until the next weekend. To streamline your grocery shopping so you can identify the foods perfect for meal prepping and avoid wilting, molding, and rotting, Greatist rounded up the top nutritious choices that are guaranteed to last all week.

Quinoa: This grain makes for a delicious base that can work for nearly any meal.

Bulgur: If refrigerated within two hours of cooking, bulgur can last from three to five days when properly stored. Good hot or cold, it can be used in salads, bowls, and even as an oatmeal substitute for breakfast.

Butternut squash: Cube squash, roast it with olive oil, and seal it in an airtight container for a delicious and filling addition to salads or bowls of grain, or even soup later in the week.

Eggs: Hard-boil eggs and leave them in the fridge with the shell still on for a quick grab-and-go breakfast or easy add-on to lunchtime salads and sandwiches.

Lentils: The perfect protein to prepare in advance and toss in with any meal, lentils are great to buy dry in bulk and then cook in portions to last you through the week.

Ready for the next step? Check out these 12 hearty meals to cook once and eat for a week.