It’s noon, and the stomach grumbles have begun. Two of your deskmates are heading out for overpriced salads, paychecks in hand; the other audibly sighs as she pours hot water into a cup of noodles. But not you—oh, not you. You’re going to town on the first layer of a massive farro salad with edamame and tahini dressing... that you made yourself. You meal prepped—and more importantly, you packed your food in the right containers.
We know nothing ruins a meal like a flimsy take-out box leaking all over the fridge (extra points if it happens in the office), so take 10 minutes and pick up one—or all—of our favorite meal-prep containers, and pack breakfast, lunch, and dinner with confidence.
Grains, Proteins, and Other Fridge Meals
For sturdy ingredients and meals, heavy-duty containers are a must. Will you pay more than holding onto the free containers that came with your order of pad Thai? Duh. But when you spring for glass and silicone storage sets (and yes, always buy the sets; trust us, you need more than two), you can cook, store, reheat, and eat from the same container over and over. Here are some of our favorite meal-prep containers.
Raw Greens and Veggies
Sometimes the last thing we want to do after a long day at work is chop vegetables into teeny pieces… and washing all that dirt off the kale? Ugh. Prep your veggies on Sunday evening (you can still watch Netflix in the kitchen) and store in these containers so they stay fresh and crisp all week.
Smoothies and Juices
Store presliced and portioned fruit and greens for your morning smoothie in these reusable sandwich baggies, then pour into the blender with liquid, mix it up, and get your sip on.
On the Go
Those carefully prepped meals are just as good for lunch as they are dinner. But for those who don't want to lug bigger glass containers to the office, we see these vessels in your future.
Salads, Yogurt Parfaits, and Overnight Oats
Breakfast and salads can be meal prepped too! And for the most organized (and spill-proof) storage, a cereal bowl just won't do.