Best Meal Prep Containers of 2017 Favorites
It’s lunch time, and the stomach begins to growl. Your co-workers 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 kale salad with salmon and teriyaki dressing… that you made yourself. You meal prepped—and more importantly, you packed your food in the right containers and not to mention there’s many healthy benefits to meal prepping.
We know nothing ruins a lunch 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. If you’re interested in learning how to best meal prep for weight loss click the URL here.
The BestMealPrepContainer.com team poll fitness professionals & trainers about what they looked for in the best meal prep container, here’s the feedback;
- Air-tight and leak proof container lids – The last thing you want to find is your food spilled out in your bag, also all your hard work would have been wasted. (Hangry would be used to describe this person)
- BPA-free plastic containers (BPA explained, in short you don’t want BPA in your plastic) – These containers tend to be lightweight and low cost. Temperature resistance, easy clean-up, and impressive durability put these health conscious and low cost meal prep containers on top of our Best Meal Prep container list.
- Durability and portability – Convenience and reliability are a huge component to proper long term meal prepping! We also recommend mason jar containers for max portability, check out our meal prep recipes here!
- Ease of cleaning – Cleaning a weeks worth of meal prep containers can be tiresome. Easy to clean and dishwasher friendly containers will help save time and energy!
- Price friendly – Meal prepping is about cost efficient healthy eating, so we wanted to make sure we recommend the economical best meal prep container!
These meal prep containers just do it all. Fairly priced and comes with a free Ebook. Comes neatly packaged from Canada (where their made) fully certified BPA-free and made with FDA approved materials. Need to freeze or heat these in the microwave? Well you’re in luck these guys can take a pounding without losing it’s build integrity. The team did a standard transport-in-your-backpack test to test the lid and even after extensive use the lid gripped the container tightly not letting any food out all over your belongings.
You’d be supporting the team here if you use Amazon but always feel free to check your local favorite Container Store or Target for the best containers.
This meal container is the Portion Control MASTER. Comes in a pack of 15 and features 3 different compartments. The compartments are super important when you are you are trying to portion your carbs, proteins and veggies without mixing different sauces and dressing. These high quality meal prep containers checks off all of our health and safety standards by being microwaveable, dishwasher safe, and freezer safe. The lid makes a super helpful snap sound with a pop feedback so you know when everything is sealed tight. However when we did leave these containers on it’s side we did see some leakage, not a deal breaker but you just have to be careful.
Overall for the price and quality you can’t go wrong with the Freshware 15-piece set, and if that’s not enough to put you over the top they offer a LIFETIME Replacement and refund policy so buy with confidence! Check out this Chicken meal prep plan for great recipes or this new post i’ve uploaded here. (Meal Prep Chicken Recipes)
If you’re looking to bulk or just pack bigger portions these 3 compartment containers by Misc Home are perfect for you. Besides being the biggest containers on the list this value packed deal comes with 20 so if you really trying to bulk you can pack multiple big portions for a single meal with ease. The men on the BestMealPrepContainer team gravitated towards these due to the shear volume of food one can pack into these containers. One con for these behemoths was that when sealed shut the lid doesn’t completely separate each compartment, this is particularly bad if you packed sauces or dressings. **Pro tip** Meal prep bags like these are crucial for transporting your meals safely and upright. Make sure to always check proper nutrition of cooking and reheating.
The big compartments are a big hit with some of our trainer friends and clients, you can’t go wrong with these durable, warp-free, and air tight meal prep containers.
Although pricier glass meal prep containers are resistant to stains, smells, and generally last longer. The downside to glass is that they are heavier and susceptible to messy breaks when dropped. As a serious meal prepper I prefer the portable lightweight plastic option but feel free to go with what works best for your fit life!
This 3 pack beautiful glass set is meant for only the fanciest of meal preppers. Eco-friendly and extremely durable these 3 28 Oz containers promise to keep all of your food airtight and leak proof. The BPA-free lids snap into place giving you the comfort only the best glass meal prep containers can give. These containers are perfect for packing in your bag or in areas where you know the container will be moved around. Biggest benefit to the glass containers are cleaning and safety, you don’t have to worry about repeated heating or the dishwasher destroying your container over repeated use.
Unfortunately glass meal prep containers aren’t meant for everyone. To start $28.99 will only get you 3 containers vs. previously rated containers come in packs of 20 for under $20, the limited quantity also aren’t ideal for meal prepping for big families. The clean shiny looks, durability and airtight goodness come at another cost, they are much heavier than there plastic counterpart, so if you are on the go or stuck on campus carrying your food these might not be fore you.
Many of us have used these and haven’t gone back to the more simpler plastic options.
We’re back at it again. Just finished testing (2/2017) the Prep Naturals meal prep containers. Glass fans can rejoice we found a solid contender for the best meal prep container. This pack comes in sets of 4, so for the same price as the containers by MealPrep you get an extra container. We had to dock these containers because the package came with a broken lid. (was quickly replaced, thanks guys!)
Other than that one hiccup these containers worked great for storing and transporting food in a nicely sized glass meal prep container. Lids snap on nice and tight ensuring you your food is packed tidy.
With most of us preparing meals 1-2 weeks in advance and sometimes eating 3-7 times a day, it takes a truckload of storage containers to accommodate all of that food. The cost can add up!
Buy one set to get started. Beware that some sets will advertise having a certain number of pieces, but often this number includes the lids, meaning you’re probably getting fewer actual containers. If you’re willing to splurge, glass sets are really worth the purchase.
Additional Meal Prep Resources
- If you want more tips follow this meal prep container plan from Buzzfeed meal prep plan simple and straight to the point. Here is also a plan from one of my favorite meal prep plan sites to to maintain a healthy meal pre plan regiment.
- How to meal prep for weight loss
- Types of meal prep containers
- Beginners guide to meal prepping – Mens Health