When you plan meals ahead of time, you’re much less likely to be tempted by whatever’s cheap and readily available when hunger strikes. Imagine how much less expensive and unhealthy it is to bring your lunch to work instead of running out for fast food or (even worse) hitting the vending machine for snacks when you don’t have time to go out. If you’re already struggling to pack lunches for the kids everyday — let alone yourself — that’s even more of a reason for getting on board with meal prepping. It’s easier than you think to come up with simple, yet exciting and nutritious lunches for the whole family. The key is to build meals around a few key items that you can prepare in bulk once or twice a week — like hard-boiled eggs, whole grain salads or soups. Then all you need are extras like yogurt or fruit to round them out.