Our Meal Prep QUEEN’s top 10 tips on how to begin planning your weekly meals

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Kaitie Purssell has become quite the sensation rustling up a HEAP of delicious budget-friendly meal prep from the 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge over this past year.

In fact, her amazing prep has gone viral and she’s appeared on TV programs and publications across Australia!

So, what is the secret behind this mum-of-two’s success? She shares how below…

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Top 10 tips on how to begin planning your weekly meals

It’s fair to say that Kaitie has got her meal prepping down pat, but there are numerous tricks and tips she uses to help make this possible.

“I have lost 21 kilos using The Healthy Mummy’s 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge,” says Kaitie.

“Meal prep has helped so much in my weight loss journey! I am a busy mum of two on a tight budget and always having a freezer full of meals and snacks saves me from skipping meals or grabbing takeaway on nights that time is limited!

“It absolutely keeps me on track!”

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Kaitie’s 10 top tips

1. Utilise the slow cooker

When doing a bulk cook up always have something in the slow cooker. 

2. Bulk dishes out with veggies and lentils

Bulk all mince dishes out with lentils and grated vegetables.

3. Go seasonal

Use seasonal vegetables and fruit as well as shop specials.

4. Shop online

If on a strict budget shop online so you can always see the total before reaching the checkout. 

5. Make a plan

Have a weekly meal plan and stick to it! 

6. Freeze leftovers

Freeze all leftover curry paste, tomato paste, pasta and liquid stock in ice cube trays and transfer into labeled ziplock bags to reduce wastage. 

7. Use the ingredients you have

Try and make meals using ingredients you already have to save money.

8. Cut up veggies beforehand

Cutting up and grating all vegetables when doing bulk prep makes it so much easier to and uses even less dishes! 

9. Pick the same ingredients

Pick recipes which use the same ingredients so you can buy in bulk and save money that way.

10. Label it

Always label and date all containers being sure to rotate if you are adding extras to the freezer regularly. 

Kaitie’s 21kg weight loss

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Kaitie credits her incredibly quick slim down to the  28 Day Weight Loss Challenges as well as the Healthy Mummy smoothies which she has now added to her regime to maintain her weight loss.

Kaitie says, The Healthy Mummy has changed my views 110%! I love healthy food, I know what is in almost everything I eat, I save money and, believe it or not, in most cases, time by using the Healthy Mummy Meal Plans and cooking most things from scratch.”

But Kaitie admits that her downfall was her diet. “For me, food has 90% contributed to my weight loss. I love food, I always have but I’m very slowly starting to love me too.

Kaitie adds: “Being prepared and getting organised doesn’t only save time and money it also makes your life so so much easier.

“This lifestyle was made for busy mums like myself.”

Did you know eating on a budget IS possible?!


Our February Challenge is the BUDGET Challenge and it’s all about feeding your family for less.

With more than 4,000 delicious (and healthy) recipes, 350 exercises & 24/7 support – the 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge  is designed (and proven) to help busy mums like you lose weight!

To learn more about our challenge OR to join – click here

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