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‘Meal prep’ has become an increasingly popular term in recent years, with social media feeds packed with pictures of beautifully portioned, identical pre-prepared meals. In essence, it’s nothing new – it’s simply batch cooking, but with a view to getting ahead as much as possible in order to minimise extra effort later on in the week.

Not everyone approaches meal prepping in the same way – some people choose to make all their meals for the week ahead of time, while others focus only on one meal (such as lunches) or even pre-prepare particular ingredients (such as chopping up vegetables) in order to make cooking on the day quicker.

There are benefits aplenty to this style of cooking. By planning ahead, you can take full control of your week’s menu, allowing you to make healthy choices in advance.

Hitting particular nutrient goals is one reason that many bodybuilders and athletes choose to meal prep – but even if you’re not monitoring your nutritional intake, you might find that you eat more healthily when you meal prep (fewer takeaway orders are a common side effect).

Convenience and time management are two more key factors. Shopping lists become much more simple and streamlined when you know exactly what you’ll be eating and when, and having a stash of standby suppers in the fridge or freezer is a great time-saver on busy weeknights.

Finally, meal prepping can be very budget friendly. Buying ingredients in bulk often works out cheaper than buying smaller quantities, and batch cooking can help reduce your energy bills too.

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How to choose a meal prep container

Whether you’re meal prepping for health reasons, to fit your budget or to save time, your criteria for choosing your containers will remain the same.

A good seal for a meal prep container should at best render the container leak-proof when being transported in a bag, but at a minimum should be air-tight and stop the food from absorbing odours in the fridge. Freezing, reheating and washing can all take their toll, so a robust and hardwearing design that’s easy to care for is key.

A reusable meal prep container is a sustainable option, while microwaveable meal prep containers allow you to reheat or defrost food straight from the tub. You may want to opt for a BPA-free meal prep container if you go for a plastic option.

Space is at a premium in many people’s kitchens, so it can pay to choose designs which nest together to take up less room during storage.

Read on to discover which meal prep containers are best. For over 200 buyer’s guides, visit our product review section and find more health-related reviews including fitness trackers, kombucha and juicers.

Best meal prep containers

Sistema Brilliance 920ml

Best all round meal prep container

Pros: Lightweight, microwave and freezer safe, leakproof, phthalate- and BPA-free
Cons: Not the cheapest option if buying multiple containers

This range comes in a few different sizes, but our favourite for meal prepping was the 920ml model. Advertised as ‘crystal clear’ and stain-resistant, the boxes are transparent, while the lid has a wide rim, a thick, grey silicone seal and two sturdy clips to hold it in place. We liked that the design was transparent, allowing quick and easy identification of pre-prepared meals in the fridge.

We filled the container with tomato soup, clipped on the lid and turned it upside down – even after vigorous shaking, not a single drop was spilled. It’s a good size to use as a lunchbox and the airtight seal means you don’t need to worry about leaks.

With the lids on, boxes will stack neatly together, and when empty, the boxes can be nested inside each other, with the lids stored separately.

It’s suitable for reheating in a microwave, with built-in vents for safe heating – as well as being freezer-friendly too. We washed ours in the dishwasher, following the instructions to use the top rack, and it came out sparkling, having previously contained tomato soup.

On the downside, if you’re looking to buy lots of containers, the price could add up. However, if you’re looking for a sturdy, leakproof and airtight design that ticks all the convenience boxes, these could be a sound investment.

Available from:
Amazon (£4.66)
John Lewis (£4.66)
Nisbets (£6.99)

ProCook Glass Ovenware Airtight Storage 1l

Best glass meal prep container

Pros: Sturdy, leakproof, oven safe (base only)
Cons: Pricy, on the heavier side

If you’re looking for an alternative to plastic, these glass containers from ProCook fit the bill. The 1-litre model is a good size for main meals, but there are also 600ml and 1.5-litre options in the same range.

The bottom section is transparent and made of quite thick borosilicate glass, which should provide resistance against heat, scratches and stains. The lids are made of robust plastic with four long clips and a green silicone seal. Overall, they’re very strong and sturdy.

The seal is completely airtight and didn’t leak, even when filled with soup and shaken upside down. The boxes are suitable for both the microwave and the freezer, and we found they washed well both by hand and in the dishwasher. As an extra bonus, the bottom glass portion can also be used in the oven – useful either for reheating a pre-prepared meal or for cooking your meal in the first place before cooling and stashing in the fridge.

The excellent seal, hardwearing material and secure lid make it a good contender as a lunchbox – but they are on the heavier side, which might be an issue for some.

Available from ProCook (£6)

Joseph Joseph Nest Lock Set

Best meal prep set for ease of storage

Pros: Attractive design, sturdy boxes, leakproof and airtight
Cons: Pricey

This cleverly designed tupperware set nests together and locks into place – saving valuable storage space when not in use. Made up of five items, the brightly coloured lids correspond to a matching spot on the bottom of each box for easy identification.

The boxes feel very solid and have strong clips, which snap satisfyingly into place. The seal performed excellently – absolutely no leaks during the upside-down soup shake test. The smallest sizes would be suitable for side dishes or sauces, the middle ones for meals, and the largest for a double portion or a batch of baked goods.

The set is microwave and freezer safe, and can be washed in the dishwasher too. Due to the strong seal and robust clips, we’d be confident carrying these as everyday lunchboxes in a bag.

Igluu 2 Compartment Meal Prep Containers

Best meal prep containers for portion control

Pros: Lots of identically sized containers, different compartments to keep food separate
Cons: Less robust than other options, not 100% leakproof

If you’ve looked on Instagram for #mealprep, you’ve likely seen containers that are similar in design to these. With black lower compartments split into two sections and a domed transparent lid, these are great for maintaining portion control as you meal prep (there’s also a three compartment design available). They’re a nice slim design, ideal for stacking in the fridge.

These containers aren’t advertised as 100% leakproof, so we felt that they actually held up fairly well during testing. On the whole, they maintained a good seal as long as the lid is snapped on properly. With soup, a small amount escaped after shaking with the box turned on it’s side. However, if you’re mainly looking for containers to store flat in the fridge or to transport drier foods, these fit the bill.

The material is thinner than some of the other products on the long list, but still held up well. They’re suitable for use in the freezer, and the microwave too – it’s worth noting that the trays are quite wide. They fit into our microwave fine but might be a struggle with smaller models.

Overall, these are a great option if you’re cooking big batch meals to store in the fridge or freezer and you want to compartmentalise foods within the same container.

Available from:
Igluu (£14.85 for 10)
Amazon (£11.95 for 10)

Stasher Sandwich Medium Bag 450ml

Best meal prep container for pre-prepped ingredients

Pros: Versatile, can be used for cooking
Cons: Pricey, not as rigid as tupperware, requires careful cleaning

This innovative design is a reusable alternative to single-use plastic bags. Made from silicone, it’s a soft pouch with a thicker lip at the top which forms the seal. We used it to store pre-cut fruit and vegetables in the fridge during meal prepping, as well as to freeze a single portion of soup.

The seal performed extremely well during testing. Filled with tomato soup (and held nervously over the sink), the seal held completely even when turned upside down and shaken. There were also no leaks when the filled bag was laid down flat in the freezer – although it would be wise not to put anything on top of the bag until the contents are frozen. If storing soup in the fridge, the larger Stand Up design from Stasher might be a better fit.

The Stasher is labelled as safe for use in the microwave, oven and, unusually, on the stovetop and for sous vide cooking too. We washed in the dishwasher, which was effective after using the Stasher to store drier items. After using the Stasher to store soup, the inside of the bag and corners of the seal required a careful scrub by hand to remove all traces of food. We stood the clean Stasher upside down, open, to air dry before storing it away.

As this is a pouch, rather than a rigid box, care needs to be taken not to allow sharp objects to come into contact with it to avoid damage to the material. We wouldn’t use it to transport liquid food in a bag with other items inside in case it was squeezed, but it works brilliantly for cut up veg, fruit or small sandwiches.

Ikea 365+ lunchbox

Best meal prep container for transporting separated foods

Pros: Good quality seal, separate dry food compartment
Cons: On the small side

This container features a white lower bowl with a transparent, sealed lid that clips into place, acting as a ‘dry food compartment’ when the top lid of green plastic is added. It’s made of durable, rigid plastic with a good quality silicone seal – we found the deeper bottom section to be completely water-tight during testing. The shallower top section is intended for dry foods – we used it to store a slice of bread cut in half to dip in soup.

It’s microwave safe (except the top lid) up to 100C, and freezer safe too. It washes well both by hand or in the dishwasher.

At 450ml, it is on the small side, but is perfectly proportioned for transporting soup and bread or meal prep breakfasts, such as overnight oats.

Available from IKEA (£2.50)

Lakeland Stack-a-Boxes

Best budget meal prep containers

Pros: Easy to store, space-saving, cost-effective
Cons: Not completely leak-proof

This attractive set of square boxes with colourful lids are easy to stack and store. In the fridge, the boxes stack neatly on top of one another, and when empty the boxes nest into a column with the lids on top. They’re all the same size (750ml) making them a good option for freezing individual portions from a big batch recipe.

These are made from BPA-free plastic, which, while durable, is less rigid than some of the other options tested and does have a bit of give to it. The lid snaps on securely, but a few drops of soup did escape when the box was shaken upside down – making them best suited for drier foods or to being stashed in the fridge, rather than used for liquid foods on the go.

The containers are freezer and microwave safe, and were easy to wash by hand – we also tested in the dishwasher with good results.

Available from Lakeland (£9.99)

Buyer’s advice

Which meal prep containers should I buy?

Which container will be right for you depends on how you’ll be using it. Do you need different compartments to separate foods or measure portions? Do your containers need to be completely leakproof (for instance, if you’ll be using the container as a lunchbox) or will they be stored flat in your fridge? Will you reheat food in the microwave or oven?

Price is also an obvious factor – if you’re looking to buy lots of meal prep containers, it can be worth opting for a set instead of individual containers if it works out more cost-effective. However, if you know you’ll be reusing containers for a long period, you might want to invest in a higher price point option which will stand the test of time.

What we looked for in meal prep containers

Design: We looked for containers that were robust and attractive. We took special features such as separate food compartments into account.

Quality of seal: We tested each product with two different types of food (pasta salad and tomato soup), by turning the product upside down, shaking the product upside down, and putting it in a bag while walking.

Temperature range: We checked whether each product was safe to use in a microwave, freezer or oven.

Ease of cleaning: We washed each product by hand and, for products which were labelled as suitable, in the dishwasher. We looked for designs which were simple to clean and didn’t stain easily.

Space-saving storage: We considered whether items would stack together when full and nest together when empty.

Versatility: Bearing in mind the quality of seal and the size of the container, we considered whether it could double up to serve another purpose – for example, as a lunchbox or to store baked goods.

Value for money: We tested products ranging from £1.20 for a set of six through to £19.99 for one – then made a decision on the value for money based on the performance across the other criteria.

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7 Best Meal Prep Containers (Our Review for 2020)

Last Updated on December 16, 2019

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Meal prepping is all the rage these days.

Whether you subscribe to a meal plan service, or do it yourself, knowing your family’s food needs are predetermined can take some of the stress out of a hectic week.

And if you’re making your own meals, meal prep containers are a must-have!

As a busy mom of four young kids, easy meals are my goal… especially during a week filled with soccer practices, taekwondo, playdates, dance and music lessons.

And weekends are when the meal prep ideas come to life! It’s when the magic happens, so to speak.

I personally like to cook on Monday mornings for the week, but many of my friends make Sundays their meal prepping day.

On that date, the kitchen is transformed into a symphony of smells… accented by counters lined with food storage containers.

Sexy, isn’t it?

If you’re making your own meals, meal prep containers are a must-have!

Truth: Meal prep containers are essential to meal prepping.

​And here’s why:

  • Meal prep containers save time.
  • Meal prep containers save space.
  • Meal prep containers offer portion control.
  • Meal prep containers work with your schedule.
  • Meal prep containers keep food fresher longer.
  • Meal prep containers are eco-friendly.

If you’re cooking for the week, the food needs someplace to go.

It needs to be stored properly.

It’s a fact.

And it’s much easier to have everything all uniform and ready to go.

Enter meal prep containers.

But wait!

I know what you’re thinking…

Can’t I just use my old plastic take-out containers?

Aren’t all meal prep containers the same?

How much will this cost me?

Lucky for you, I have the answers to all of these questions.

Reusing take-out containers is gross!

  • For starters, while I love Chinese take-out as much as the next gal, do I really want my rigatoni bolognese smelling like general tso’s chicken the next day?
  • These containers were not designed for repeated microwaving. They’d likely melt or warp within a use or two.
  • They most likely aren’t dishwasher safe and never feel (or look) truly clean.
  • They are made cheaply and often crack, which can result in spoiled food.
  • BPA Free?? Doubtful.

Not all meal prep containers are the same. Some are meant to be reused for months or longer, others that are meant to be thrown out every couple of weeks.

No, not all meal prep containers are the same.

  • There are single, double and 3-compartment food storage containers
  • There are glass and there are plastic options
  • Some are meant to be reused for months or longer, others that are meant to be thrown out every couple of weeks.

Food storage containers do not have to break the bank!

  • Depending on your needs, containers can cost as little as 50-cents each… to as much as $10.00 per piece.
  • Purchasing meal prep containers in larger quantities saves money, especially if you take advantage of a subscription service

Now, because I’m so nice, I’ve gone ahead and done the legwork for you… and come up with my personal recommendations for the 7 best meal prep containers (for 2020).

The best part?

All of these are available through Amazon. And if you’re a prime member, all offer free and fast shipping.

If you don’t have time to read my entire article, here’s my top 7 food prep containers:

Best Overall Meal Prep ContainerBest Overall Meal Prep ContainerSimpleHouseware 3-Compartment Food Grade Meal Prep Storage Container Boxes

Best Budget-Friendly Bento BoxBest Budget-Friendly Bento BoxEZ Prepa 3-Compartment Meal Prep Containers with Lids – Bento Box

Best Light-weight Meal Container OptionBest Light-weight Meal Container OptionFreshware Meal Prep Containers 3-Compartment with Lids, Food Storage Bento Box

Best Overall Glass Meal Prep ContainersBest Overall Glass Meal Prep ContainersPrep Naturals Glass Meal Prep Containers Glass 2 Compartment

Best Large and Sturdy Glass Food Storage ContainersBest Large and Sturdy Glass Food Storage ContainersMealPrep Glass Meal Prep Containers 3 Compartment – Glass Food Storage Containers

Best Overall “Disposable” Meal Prep ContainersBest Overall “Disposable” Meal Prep ContainersEnther Meal Prep Containers 3 Compartment with Lids, Food Storage Bento Box, Reusable Lunch Boxes

Best “Leak Proof” Disposable Meal Prep Container optionBest “Leak Proof” Disposable Meal Prep Container optionFitpacker DUO USA Quality Meal Prep Containers 2 Compartment Bento Lunch Boxes with Lids

I’ve broken my meal prep container reviews into three categories:

  1. 3-compartment Meal Prep Containers
  2. Glass Meal Prep Containers
  3. Disposable Meal Prep Containers

So let’s get started.

Top 3 Compartment Meal Prep Containers

1. Best Overall Meal Prep Container

Key Specs:

  • Item weight: 1.52 lbs.
  • Dimensions: 8.5 x 7.5 x 1.9 inches
  • Capacity: 36 ounces
  • 10 Pack

SimpleHouseware 3-Compartment Food Grade Food Prep Storage Container Boxes

One of the more spacious meal prep containers, Simple Houseware’s 3-compartment meal prep containers can easily fit an 8oz piece of meat, a cup of grains, and a cup of veggies in each container.

That equates to a very filling lunch, even dinner, portion.

I also like this particular food storage container for it’s audible snap closure. There are four snaps to be exact.

I don’t know about you, but I like to know that my meal prep container won’t open in transit. And hearing that clicking sound goes a long way in reassuring me that won’t happen.

To that same effect, this particular food storage container may be a bit difficult for elderly people or elementary-aged children to open… so keep that in mind if meal prepping for someone like that.

Another plus is the lack of plastic smell after microwaving multiple times.

I know… I know. This probably goes without saying, but you’d be surprised at the containers out there that absolutely stunk.

Finally, you can get these handy dandy containers in either a 10 or 30-pack, which makes it a budget-friendly option when buying in larger quantities.

PROS:

  • Arrived in great condition, no damage
  • Fast shipping with Amazon Prime
  • BPA Free
  • Microwave and top-rack dishwasher safe
  • No plastic odor even after heating in microwave
  • Stackable
  • Some flexibility to the trays and kids
  • Lids snap on tightly. (Audible snap closure)
  • Easier to remove lids that utilize tabs on all 4 corners compared to competition
  • Very good seal
  • Leak resistant
  • Can be frozen

CONS:

  • Seem brittle when frozen
  • Must handle trays carefully when frozen and center of tray seems to be weak point when full
  • Even with pull tabs the lids will be difficult for children or elderly to remove (must pull 1 corner and work your way around edge to edge to unseal)

2. BEST Budget-Friendly Bento Box

Key Specs:

  • Item weight: 1.52 lbs.
  • Dimensions: 8.5 x 7.5 x 1.9 inches
  • Capacity: 36 ounces
  • 10 Pack

EZ Prepa 3-Compartment Meal Prep Containers with Lids – Bento Box

Although a bit smaller in capacity than other 3-compartment meal prep containers, this one still fit a good amount of food. I was able to pack an average size chicken breast on the bone, baked potato and a full serving of vegetables without a problem.

I will note, however, that the sides are quite low on these meal prep containers… so I’m not sure I’d put anything with a lot of juice or sauce in them, as they may spill over a bit into other compartments.

There are always going to be pros and cons with every food storage container. And it often comes down to personal preference and use.

But…

If you can find a product that offers full and prompt refunds, no questions asked, than I say go for it! You’ve got nothing to lose.

And these EZ Prepa meal prep containers offer just that. The customer service team is friendly and outstandingly efficient with their return policy. They typically answer online questions quickly as well.

That rocks!

Furthermore, I like how these lids fit securely, without being overly tight… making it a much better option for younger kids and the elderly. You can actually remove them with one hand if need be.

As great as they are, there were a few minor concerns.

While the containers are microwave safe, the lids are not. They have a tendency to warp. This isn’t the biggest deal in the world… just take the lid off and use a paper towel or heating cover. Still worth mentioning though.

They also aren’t meant for long-term freezing (more than 1-2 weeks), as the lids tend to appear brittle after.

Still, at .99-cents per container for a 20-pack, I think it’s worth taking the plunge… especially given the no-risk return policy.

PROS:

  • Full and prompt refund if unhappy with product for any reason
  • Fast shipping with Amazon Prime
  • BPA Free
  • Microwave and top rack dishwasher safe
  • Stackable
  • Leak Resistant
  • Freezer Safe
  • Secure fitting lids, but easily removable for elderly and kids
  • Each compartment fits a full size portion of food

CONS:

  • Lids may become warped after a few dishwasher cycles
  • Lids are not microwave safe
  • Slightly flimsy, may crack if force the top on or off
  • Not recommended for sauces or liquids, low sides
  • Not recommended for long-term freezing (more than a few weeks)

3. Best Light-weight Meal Container Option

Key Specs:

  • Item weight: 10.1 oz
  • Dimensions: 9 x 6.8 x 1.5 inches
  • Capacity: 24 oz. (Compartments measure 12 oz, 6 oz, 6 oz)
    21 Pack

Freshware Meal Prep Containers 3-Compartment with Lids, Food Storage Bento Box

On paper, these Freshware meal prep containers are the least expensive product I am recommending. But that, in no way, says anything about their quality.

For the price, these are an excellent choice.

While the 24 oz capacity appears small, these containers are designed well, with three compartments measuring 12, 6 and 6 ounces. I was able to box up an 8 oz piece of salmon, veggies and rice no problem.

These meal prep containers are also lighter than the others, which makes them less cumbersome to transport.

The downside to the lighter weight, though, is a thinner plastic. And thinner plastic could result in altered reheating times or cracking of the container or lid.

Even so, the 100% LIFETIME REPLACEMENT OR REFUND GUARANTEE is a no brainer! If they break, just send them back. For free.

For ease of storage, these containers are perfectly stackable. They also can be frozen, not a problem.

And if you’re on a diet, like the 21-day fix for example, these are completely compatible with the meal planning and portion control.

Honestly, the biggest complaint besides the thinner plastic (again, a trade off for the lighter weight) is the lid was a bit tough to get off. And if you forced it, it may crack or chip. So a little finesse may be required to find the right pressure.

PROS:

  • 100% Lifetime Replacement or Refund Policy
  • Least expensive cost per piece
  • Fast shipping with Amazon Prime
  • FDA Approved
  • BPA Free
  • Microwave and top rack dishwasher safe
  • Freezer safe
  • Stackable
  • “21-Day Fix” diet approved

CONS:

  • Plastic a bit on the thin side
  • Cost per container
  • Lid can be a bit tight to get off
  • Leak resistant, not leak proof

Best Glass Meal Prep Containers

4. Best Overall Glass Meal Prep Containers

Key Specs:

  • Item weight: 4.76 lbs.
  • Dimensions: 10.2 x 9.3 x 6.6 inches
  • Capacity: 25 oz.

Prep Naturals Glass Meal Prep Containers Glass 2 Compartment

If you care about your carbon footprint, or you’re meal planning involves mostly dinners at home, then glass meal prep containers may be the ideal solution.

They are dishwasher, microwave and oven safe… unlike their plastic counterparts. Oven safe means it’s perfect for piping hot homemade meals after a busy day.

I liked the Prep Naturals 25 oz glass, 2-compartment meal prep container because it weighed less than others. I also liked they were made from eco-friendly borosilicate glass.

Like I said, I have kids.

The kids need our planet to survive.

So when I can kick plastic to the curb, I will.

But there are times I can’t, so reusable plastic are an acceptable alternative.

I’m ok with that.

Despite the smaller size, these Prep Naturals fit a decent amount of food… 2, 3-4 oz chicken thighs on one side, veggies or starches on the other. The lack of a third compartment didn’t bother me, as I could always have a salad or soup, etc in a separate container.

Now… I’m 5’1 and 140 lbs (I can’t believe I admitted that). I’m active, but I’m no bodybuilder or triathlete.

So a smaller portion of food like this is ok for me, especially at dinner time when you shouldn’t eat so heavy.

But, if you’re a “hungry man” kind of guy (or gal), the capacity of these containers may not cut it for you. Just a word of warning.

That being said, the pros outweigh the cons for me here. I especially like the brand’s “smart locking lid” technology. Definitely made the container leak resistant, but not like proof.

Although I have yet to find one that is 100% leak proof, especially if turned upside down.

So don’t do that!

In fact, the lid doesn’t meet the sides on these food storage containers, so it’s really better for home versus transport use in my opinion.

Food freezes well in these for extended period of time, with no trace of food burn after a month.

The company also offers full refunds for their meal prep containers if you’re not satisfied and provides fast shipping via Amazon Prime.

PROS:

  • Fast shipping with Amazon Prime
  • Made from eco-friendly borosilicate glass
  • Microwave and dishwasher safe
  • Freezer safe
  • Oven safe
  • Smart Locking Lids
  • Full refund if not satisfied with product
  • Ideal for separating hot from cold food

CONS:

  • Lids are not microwave or dishwasher safe
  • Divider doesn’t touch lid, makes spill-overs/leaking a potential problem
  • Heavier than other glass containers
  • A bit on the small size, better for lunches or snacks

5. Best Large & Sturdy Glass Food Storage Containers

Key Specs:

  • Item Weight: 6.11 lbs.
  • Dimensions: 9 x 8.8 x 6.6 inches
  • Capacity: 35 oz.
  • 3 Pack

MealPrep Glass Meal Prep Containers 3 Compartment – Glass Food Storage Containers

Yes, these are my most expensive recommendation, at roughly $10 per container.

And, yes, they are a bit heavy (about 6 lbs).

However, these MealPrep Glass containers are 3-compartment.

They are also larger, able to fit 35 ounces of food. For instance… I fit steak tips, quinoa, sweet potatoes, and asparagus. Yum.

And the portion size is not too shabby for dinner. Which, again, is what glass food storage containers are best for in my opinion.

Additionally, these stain-proof (yes, I said stain proof) meal prep containers can withstand oven temperatures up to 450 degrees Fahrenheit.

MealPrep utilizes snap locking BPA-free lids that come with built-in silicone gaskets to keep food fresh and free from spills.

I know… pretty cool, right?

The lid is tight-fitting and the glass heavy-duty (thus, the weight).

Honestly, I had only two minor complaints about this glass meal prep container.

  • There is a ⅓ inch gap between the dividers and the lid, so small fruits or veggies may roll over to the next compartment
  • They are not stackable.

Neither is a deal-breaker for me, though.

PROS:

  • Non-toxic, stain-proof glassware
  • Snap locking BPA-free lid comes with built-in silicone gasket to keep food fresh and free from spills
  • Microwave and dishwasher safe
  • Oven safe up to 450 degrees
  • Deep compartments
  • Tight-fitting lid
  • Thick, heavy-duty glass

CONS:

  • 1/3 inch gap between dividers and lid, so small fruits or veggies may roll over
  • Non stackable
  • Liquids may leak one compartment to next

Best Brands of Disposable Meal Prep Containers

6. Best Overall “Disposable” Meal Prep Containers

Key Specs:

  • Item weight: 2.25 lbs
  • Dimensions: 7.5 x 9.6 x 1.6 inches
  • Capacity: 36 oz
  • 20 Pack

Enther Meal Prep Containers 3 Compartment with Lids, Food Storage Bento Box, Reusable Lunch Boxes

When it comes to disposable, plastic meal prep containers, the only real difference is how many uses you’ll get out of them versus other plastic containers.

The Enther Meal Prep containers come in a 20-pack and cost about .90-cents per unit. The company guarantees multi-use… 10 times incident-free or your money back.

So let’s do the math… if you were to get ten uses out of each container, it’s as if you paid only .09 cents each.

That certainly justifies them being disposable.

The 36-ounce capacity will accommodate a large chicken breast, rice and vegetables… just to give you a visual.

The company offers fast shipping and claim their containers are microwave and freezer safe like the others. The lid, however, is not microwave safe. It will “bump up”.

The cover does, however, offer depression between compartments to prevent foods from shifting to neighboring ones. Which I liked.

As far as freezing goes, I learned the hard way that microwaving frozen foods in these containers can result in uneven heating and a “burnt rubber” smell. So I’d probably transfer any frozen food from these meal prep containers onto another dish for reheating.

Last but not least, they never felt super clean after washing.

Whether I hand washed these, or put them in the dishwasher, any greasy residue never completely came off.

But, again, these are disposable… I’m not serving Thanksgiving dinner in them.

PROS:

  • Guaranteed for multi-use, 10 times incident-free or money back
  • Fast shipping
  • Stackable
  • BPA Free
  • Microwave safe
  • Freezer safe
  • Cover has a depression between compartments to prevent foods from shifting to neighboring compartments

CONS:

  • Lid not microwave safe, will bump
  • Lid can be difficult to secure
  • Grease not easily removed after washing

7. Best “Leak Proof” Disposable Meal Prep Container option

Key Specs:

  • Item weight: 2.6 lbs
  • Dimensions: 8.75″ x 6″ x 1.5″
  • Capacity: 28 oz.
  • 16 Pack

Fitpacker DUO USA Quality Meal Prep Containers 2 Compartment Bento Lunch Boxes with Lids

Another 2-compartment “disposable” meal prep container made my list… mostly because of its generous portion size, 100% satisfaction guarantee, and Fitpacker’s excellent customer service support and response reputation.

The Fitpacker Duo accommodated an 8 oz pork tenderloin (sliced up), yams and kale. Perfect for a healthy lunch after a hard workout.

My personal trainer friends are a fan of these containers.

These food storage containers have a patented SureLock seal that clicks into a close with complete leak resistance to keep your contents inside.

These food prep containers were honestly the closest I found to truly “leak proof”, which is probably why the 16-pack costs roughly $1.30 per container.

The lid on these is also raised enough to fit a sandwich, which believe me when I tell you, was hard to come by.

In fact, while most food storage containers claim they will fit a sandwich… it usually comes out looking more like a panini after being squished.

This was not the case with the Fitpacker Duo.

Also, it’s worth noting these meal prep containers are made in the USA… which also accounts for a higher cost per unit.

Most of the containers I came across are manufactured in China, which does keep the cost down… but the quality is often compromised. They just don’t have the same government standards that we do.

That being said, the only real “negatives” regarding the Fitpacker Duo are its loose-fitting lids (on some, not all). And the company is willing to send replacement lids.

Also, they are not perfectly stackable, which can be annoying if storage space is an issue.

Otherwise, I’m a fan.

PROS:

  • Patented SureLock seal clicks into a close with complete leak resistance to keep your contents inside
  • Manufactured in the USA
  • Excellent Customer Service Support, Q&A
  • Fast Shipping
  • 100% Satisfaction Guarantee
  • Generous portion sizes
  • Leak-resistant
  • Lid raised enough to fit a sandwich

CONS:

  • Not perfectly stackable
  • Loose lids
  • Oily residue doesn’t wash off easily

So let’s sum up what we’ve learned.

When life is hectic, meal prepping is key to running a smooth ship on the homefront.

Meal planning can be done at your convenience… and ultimately results in saving time and money. It can also be an effective way to lose or maintain weight.

Food storage containers are a necessity for sorting out the fruits of your labor.

There are a few things to keep in mind when choosing the best meal prep containers for you:

  • Do I want glass or plastic?
  • Will I be cooking mostly lunches or dinners?
  • Do I want 2 or 3-compartment dishes?
  • About how many meals will I be preparing each week?
  • How much do I want to spend on these containers?
  • How long do I want these to last? Who will be utilizing the containers?

At the end of the day, only you know what you’re looking for in a meal prep container. Only you know what you are willing to compromise on.

Answer the questions for yourself… then make your decision based on those selections that tick more of your boxes, so to speak.

I honestly feel you can’t go wrong with any of these 7 meal prep containers, and like me, you’ll have your personal favorite.

But they are all deserving of a look… and if there is a money-back or replacement guarantee, go for it!

You’re meal planning ideas… and your family… will thank you!

If you have used any of these meal prep containers, please share your thoughts in the comments below.

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Your Guide to the Best Meal-Prep Containers to Buy

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So you’re going to start meal prepping (maybe with the help of this 30-day meal-prep guide for beginners). Go you! But now you need meal-prep containers—and you may not know where to start. Should you invest in expensive glass meal-prep containers? Or is it okay to use leftover takeout containers? And how many do you *actually* need to buy?

We chatted with a meal-prep pro to find out answers to these questions and more—because your meal prep is only as good as the containers it’s in, right?

In a hurry? Scroll down for best meal-prep containers you can buy on Amazon.

Plastic vs. Glass Meal-Prep Containers

One of the biggest debates in meal prep is whether it matters what material your containers are made from. Plastic and glass are the most common choices. The answer? It depends on your priorities.

“Glass meal-prep containers are obviously better for the environment, but when it comes to our bodies, both are safe if you know what to look for,” explains Talia Koren, founder of Workweek Lunch. (Speaking of things that are good for the environment—consider investing in these eco-friendly products on Amazon that will help reduce your daily waste.)

“Plastic containers that are BPA-free and made for food storage are totally safe to use and put in the microwave,” she says. Food-safe containers will have the number 1, 2, 4, or 5 on the bottom. This indicates the type of plastic used to make the container. If a container has 3, 6, or 7 on the bottom, it’s not safe to use.

BPA-free plastic containers only become unsafe when they’re cracked; then it’s time to throw them out, says Koren. Personally, Koren says she prefers plastic because they’re more budget-friendly, lighter, and easier to carry around. “They’re also easier to store and if you drop them, they won’t break!”

However, glass is ideal if you’re frequently reheating meals in the oven, she adds. You don’t need to transfer your food to a new container to reheat it, the way you need to with plastic. Bonus: They’re also less likely than plastic to stain, says Koren.

Stainless steel is also an option (it’s actually Kourtney Kardashian’s meal-prep container material of choice), but it can be a pricier (and non-microwave-friendly) choice.

How Many Meal-Prep Containers Do You Need?

Many people are unsure of exactly how many meal-prep containers they need when they’re first getting started. Ultimately, it depends on how many meals you plan to make ahead of time. Try starting with six containers, says Koren. That should be plenty to work with if you’re not prepping every single meal.

“With six containers, you can do five lunches or a couple lunches and dinners for the week,” she explains. If you’re planning to prep three meals a day for five days, though, you might want to consider grabbing a few more. (Heads up: Here’s how to pick the perfect meal-prep recipe.)

Meal-Prep Container Layouts and Sizes

There are many different size and shape options out there for meal-prep containers, but what’s most important is that they fit the meals you want to prepare and fit into your fridge or freezer easily.

“Start with cheaper containers because it might take some time to figure out which size is best,” suggests Koren. “I started with 40-oz containers, which were way too big. Now I use 25-oz (about 3 cups) containers and they’re perfect. You have to experiment to find the best size for you!” (If you’re just getting started, read up on these meal-prep mistakes to avoid for faster, healthier, and better food.)

And while single-compartment meal-prep containers work just fine for most people, bento-style boxes do have their advantages. “If you’re someone that likes to keep veggies separate from your protein, the containers with compartments are great. They’re also good for the times you want to reheat part of a meal, but not the whole thing, or want to keep salad ingredients separate to avoid sogginess.”

Reheating, Freezing, and Washing Your Meal-Prep Containers

Not all containers have the same rules for reheating, washing, and freezing. “When you’re buying containers, it will say on the package how to wash them properly and if they can be frozen,” says Koren. The package should also explain which heat methods are safe.

In general, most glass and plastic containers can be put in the dishwasher and microwave. “The only time it’s not safe to do that is with plastic containers you get from takeout places; they’re not microwave- or dishwasher-friendly and they shouldn’t be reused to store food.” (These types of containers aren’t meant for reuse, so they aren’t made according to the same safety standards as reusable plastic containers.)

The Best Meal-Prep Containers to Try

Ready to make your purchases? Here are the brands Koren recommends looking to for your meal-prep container needs (Great news: You can get all these meal-prep containers on Amazon and they’re all BPA-free).

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Best Glass Meal-Prep Containers: Pyrex. Always a classic, glass Pyrex containers might be worth investing in once you know your meal-prep container sizing needs. Or snag nine containers of different sizes to get started. (Buy It, $37; amazon.com)

Best Plastic Meal-Prep Containers: FitPacker. For a budget-friendly option, these microwave-, oven-, and freezer-friendly plastic containers are sized to help with portion control. (Buy It, $20 for 16; amazon.com)

Best Leak-Proof Glass Meal-Prep Containers: Lock and Lock. “I am obsessed with plastic BPA-free Lock and Lock containers,” says Koren. “They come in so many different sizes, are easy to clean, and don’t leak! I feel comfortable putting a Lock and Lock container full of soup right in my bag with my laptop.” Check out their 14-piece set (seven containers with seven lids), which comes with a bunch of different sizes. (Buy It,$33; amazon.com)

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Best Jar Meal-Prep Containers: Ball Mason Jars. Don’t discount mason jars as just a trendy way to drink lemon water or iced coffee. Grab an affordable 6-pack and use them to prep these mason-jar breakfasts and lunches, or use them to take your smoothies with you on the go. Bonus: The vertical design means they slip easily into backpacks and totes. (Buy It, $17 for 6; amazon.com)

Best Meal-Prep Container Lunchbox: Yumbox. If you’re committed to the bento-box-style container, this is one of the best on the market. It’s on the pricier side, but it’s completely leak-proof and features four compartments of different sizes. If you’re just meal prepping your lunches, check out these other best meal-prep lunch boxes too. (Buy It, $30; amazon.com)

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It’s now 2020 and time to leave all the BS of the last decade behind. Maybe in the 2010s you weren’t the best about eating healthy or maybe you were going through some crap that prevented you from having the time or energy to dedicate to self care. Whatever it is or was, it doesn’t matter. This is a new decade and the perfect time to start new habits. One new habit to try? Meal prepping. Meal prepping helps by allowing you to portion control breakfast, lunches, dinners — whatever you’re looking to portion out.

Once you prep the food, though, you’re going to need something to store those meals in. That’s where we come in. Below, you’ll find The Manual’s picks for the best meal prep containers on the market.

Whichever meal prep containers you use, your choice should be dictated by your lifestyle. Find the right on-the-go option that fits your schedule and feel confident in your caloric intake.

Best Plastic Meal Prep Containers

We focused on BPA-free plastic containers for their light weight and low cost. Featuring temperature resistance, easy clean-up, and impressive durability, these plastic options came out on top as the most preferred food storage containers in the world of meal prep.

Reditainer 2 Compartment Container, 20-pack

Leakproof, microwavable, BPA-free, and freezable, these meal prep containers from Reditainer may look like your standard take-out boxes, but these are far more sturdy and reusable. They also do not warp when reheated. Thanks to the clever bento-like divider, the smaller section fits one cup of veggies and the larger section fits one cup of complex carbohydrates. This affordable option is great for school lunches, leftover meals, and portion control. Whether you’re back-to-school shopping or just planning lunch ahead of time, these microwave-safe plastic containers can help you prep like a pro.

ChefLand 3-Compartment Container, 10-pack

These three-compartment food prep containers feature clear lids, deep capacity, and self-insulated polypropylene to keep hot foods hot and cold foods cold. Made with non-toxic BPA-free materials, the plastic can be reheated, tossed in the dishwasher, or left in the freezer for later use; however you’ll need to hand wash each lid individually. The containers are stackable, which will help you avoid the Tupperware avalanche that threatens to swallow you every time you open your cabinet.

The Meal Lab Leak-Proof 3-Compartment Bento Lunch Box, 10-pack

Prep work doesn’t have to be expensive (though it can be time-consuming). Taking a cue from Japanese bento boxes, each leak-proof food container from The Meal Lab offers plenty of compartmentalized space for all your eats. The No. 1 bestseller in meal-prep containers on Amazon, the boxes are solid, durable, and guaranteed not to warp, crack, or otherwise come apart. If you’re looking for an affordable food container that is reusable, dishwasher safe, freezer safe, and airtight, these plastic trays should do the trick.

Glass containers, with their resistance to staining and smells, are also another good option. However, while glass containers on the whole are healthier than plastic, their poor portability and inherent breakability outweigh their positive attributes, making them a second choice for the hardcore meal prepper. The casual lunch-bringer may be more kind.

Glasslock 18-Piece Oven Safe Assortment Set

This 18-piece set of wide-mouth glass meal prep containers comes with a variety of different sizes to meet your varying food storage needs. including an option for snack foods. The stain-proof, odor-free, spill-proof containers feature easy latching lids that ensure a secure airtight seal, making certain your meal won’t find itself in the bottom of your lunch bag. The lids are made from BPA-free plastic, but aren’t designed to be used in the microwave and, since they feature a soft silicone rubber seal, probably shouldn’t be put in the dishwasher, either. However, the glass bottoms are microwave-, oven-, and freezer-safe. Just don’t drop them.

Ikea Clear Glass Container

This heavy-duty glass meal prep container from Ikea offer portability, convenience, and surprising durability. Since you start with a set of three, this is great for those who are looking to ease into meal prep rather than diving in head first. As my personal lunch container, this glass dish has stood up to countless cycles through the microwave and dishwasher, as well as a few falls onto the kitchen floor. And, like Glasslock, this food storage container sports a snap-lock lid that seals in both air and liquids, ensuring nothing gets out, not even odors.

Rubbermaid 8-piece Glass Food Storage Set

This eight-piece glass set from Rubbermaid easily covers a week’s worth of tasty office lunches. Constructed with sleek, crystal-clear tempered glass, these containers can go straight from the fridge to the oven or microwave and back again. With nested sizes and thin snap-on lids, they are easy to store in your freezer or cupboard without taking up too much space. Whether you’re looking for a better way to store leftover food or just want to prep ahead of time for the week, these glass containers are a great midrange option to help meet your needs.

Best Stainless Steel Meal Prep Containers

Another food storage option involves carrying your meals in a stainless steel meal prep container. While this material won’t be the most practical for people in colder climates, there’s something effortlessly stylish about these vessels. Plus, they’re excellent at keeping hot foods steaming hot.

ECOlunchbox

The three-in-one stainless steel container set from Ecolunchbox is a great environmentally friendly option for meal prep. While they’re not totally leak-proof, they’re still great for both damp and dry foods as they come equipped with vice-like clips. Unlike glass meal prep containers, however, this metal food container is absolutely not safe for the microwave.

LunchBot

A great way to tackle meal prep is to make a soup, stew, or chili that will last you through the week. And once you’ve cooked up for your favorite liquid meal (perhaps some bone broth?), store it in the airtight 16-ounce thermal container from LunchBot. Its stainless steel body holds up to 2 cups of food and perfectly regulates temperatures. It’s also a great option if you want something warm with your cold lunch but don’t have a microwave available.

To-Go Ware 2-Tier Stainless Lunch Box

For a more traditional look, check out this two-tier stainless steel lunch box from To-Go Ware. The individual boxes keep ingredients separate and snap together for easy transportation. The lunch box is great for all temperatures and is dishwasher safe.

Best Meal Prep Kits

If you want a versatile meal kit that includes more than just a container, you might be interested in a meal prep kit, which includes plastic containers with additional useful items and temperature control measures. Although these sets might be great for car commuters, they have multiple pieces, making them somewhat awkward for other forms of commuting. A kit might not be the best choice for those of us riding bikes or hopping on public transportation.

Evolutionize Meal Prep Bag, 3-pack

This kit was built to set you up for success all day. The meal prep bag comes with three full-size BPA meal containers and an ice pack to keep your edibles chilled. There are three, separate insulated compartments to hold your food storage containers. The bag also provides easy access to snacks and holds two shake/beverage bottles.

Rubbermaid LunchBlox

This prep kit has modular containers that snap together to stay organized, including a blue ice freezer pack to keep your food cool. Rubbermaid makes a variety of different sized food containers (and insulated bags) that piece together to build the kit that is just right for you.

Article originally published by Chase McPeak on November 16, 2016. Last updated by Sam Slaughter for product availability.

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3 Top Portion Control Containers for Healthy Eating (Our 2020 Review)

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Sure, you know what you need to eat to be healthy, but do you know how much?

It is so hard to lose weight, and it certainly takes a lot of discipline. The good thing is that there are tools that can help you manage your diet and take the guesswork out of meal time.

Using portion control containers for healthy eating will allow you to set aside exactly how much food you should be eating for each meal in order to meet your health-related goals.

There are a lot of food storage options on the market, but using portion control containers can help you manage how much you are eating throughout the day, and prevent you from mindlessly overeating.

Here, we will talk about the top three portion control containers that are available for you to purchase.

Our Top Picks for the Best Portion Control Containers

Don’t have time to read the entire review? Here’s a quick look at our top picks!​

BEST OVERALLBEST OVERALLEfficient Nutrition Portion Control Containers Kit

Largest Multi-Piece Portion Control KitLargest Multi-Piece Portion Control KitGAINWELL 21 Day Portion Control Container kit – 28 Pieces

Best for Weight Loss TrackingBest for Weight Loss TrackingHealthy Living 7-Piece Portion Control Containers Kit

Why does portion control matter?

Practicing portion control allows you to provide your body with the exact amount of nutrition it needs in order to work at an optimal level. It will help you eat mindfully, which will lead to health and weight loss.

Brian Wansink, author of the bestselling book Mindless Eating: Why We Eat More Than We Think, says that our brains are not interested in portion control and our bodies are not well calibrated. This results in overeating, which adds up to weight gain over time.

While it is important to not overeat any specific type of food, it is also important to avoid not eating enough. Knowing about portion control will help you learn about the recommended serving sizes of each type of food, and help you adhere to them. This will help guarantee that you are eating the right amount and that your body is fully nourished without being limited.

What is the benefit of using portion control containers?

The easiest way to make sure you are eating a proper amount of food without depriving yourself is to use portion control containers.

A lot of eating plans specify the number of calories you should be eating, along with the protein, fat, and carbohydrate content of your foods. This information is possibly based on your metabolic rate or your weight loss goals.

Tracking all of this information involves weighing and recording everything you eat, which sounds like an overwhelming amount of work to do for each meal. While this may be effective, I know I wouldn’t keep up with it for too long before giving up.

Portion control containers are a simple way to keep up with this habit. Each container measures one specific food group, so rather than weighing your food, you can just measure it with the proper container.

Katherine Tallmadge, the author of Diet Simple, tells WebMD that a large part of not giving up on a diet involves controlling your environment. With portion control containers, you can stay in control of how much food you are eating for each meal.

How should you use portion control containers?

Once you figure out how many calories you should be eating each day, measure out how much food this is in each of your containers. This will allow you to stop counting calories and just count the number of containers that you are using each day, which makes eating healthy a lot simpler.

You can even mix and match foods that are in the same category to fill one container. For example, if you are making a flatbread for lunch, you can fill half of your vegetable container with tomato and the other half with mushrooms to equal just one container.

Take the time to learn about and understand nutrition labels so you are able to properly pack your food each day. Believe me, once you are able to understand how to read the labels, it will become an easy habit to pack your food. It won’t be long before you can easily measure things out without having to stop and do any math. Just measure out your portions until you are able to get a good feel for how much a sensible portion size is, and then you can estimate it.

What is the difference between portion size and serving size?

A portion is how much food you put on your plate, while a serving is the recommended amount of a certain food you should eat based on the nutritional label or a nutrition guide.

For example, according to MyPlate, one serving of grain is about one ounce. This equals about one half cup of oatmeal, but the portion of oatmeal that you actually eat is likely much bigger than that specified serving size. While you may think you are eating one serving, you are likely eating two or three, adding calories to your meal. But that’s the key to portion control containers—they reduce your chances of overeating.

Three Top Portion Control Containers for Healthy Eating (Our 2020 Review)

We have picked out the best portion control containers to help you meet your healthy eating goals. These products are the best on the market for helping you get used to how much you should be eating.

Best Overall Portion Control Containers Set: Efficient Nutrition Portion Control Containers Kit

This product comes with seven color-coded, portion-specific containers.

It includes a 1-cup green container for vegetables, a 1-cup purple container for fruits, a 3/4-cup red container for proteins, a 1/2-cup yellow container for carbohydrates, a 1/3-cup blue container for fats, and two 2-tablespoon orange containers that are meant for seeds and dressings.

The containers all have secure lids with grooved corners so they can be taken off quickly and easily.

PROS

  • Containers are BPA-free
  • Freezer, microwave, and dishwasher safe
  • Stackable for storage
  • Comes with quick-start instructions
  • Comes with 21-day meal planner Ebook and over 50 pages of recipes
  • Includes a grocery shopping guide of healthy foods
  • Budget-friendly

CONS

  • Tend to leak if contents are liquid and the container is tipped over
  • May warp if they are microwaved too much
  • Quality is not consistent
  • Begin to crack over time
  • Can be difficult to open if the lid is on too tight

Largest Multi-Piece Portion Control Kit: GAINWELL 21 Day Portion Control Container kit – 28 Pieces

These easy and fun-to-use containers are simple to carry with you all day and store away when you are at home.

The color-coded containers let you organize your meals without having to measure out your ingredients, and are specially designed to allow you to control your calorie intake without the need to weigh your food.

They are also perfect for food storage and travel lunch boxes, so you can use just one product for all of your food needs for the day.

PROS

  • Comes with a complete portion control guide with a clearly detailed step-by-step plan for understanding the best ways to measure your food
  • Made of high-grade propylene
  • BPA and Dehp free
  • Safe for the microwave, dishwasher, and freezer
  • Thicker and stronger material than Tupperware
  • Colors are vibrant and match the product description

CONS

  • Cups do not have the portion sizes and food category engraved in the colored molds
  • Could use more options for allowable foods to guide the consumer
  • Lids do not all fit securely on the containers, which can cause leakage
  • Measurements of the containers are not completely accurate

Best for Weight Loss Tracking: Healthy Living 7-Piece Portion Control Containers Kit

These perfectly sized containers let you gain a proper understanding of how to eat a clean diet and control your portion sizes without having to count calories, making weight loss easy.

They even include a free body tape measure so you can track your progress. This effortless system will allow you to eat the right portions without feeling like you are deprived.

Each color-coded container corresponds to an essential food and macronutrient group. This takes out the guesswork and the measuring.

You can be sure that if your food fits into your portion control container, then you can eat it.

PROS

  • Made from high-grade, quality polypropylene
  • 100% food safe
  • Comes with a risk-free guarantee
  • Top-rack dishwasher safe
  • Containers nest inside each other for easy, space-saving storage
  • Safe for the microwave and freezer
  • Comes with a free guide, tape measure, interactive 21-day planners, and recipe eBook

CONS

  • Instructions that come with the product are not completely clear
  • Labels come off the lid after a few washes
  • Leak if filled with liquid
  • Not all of the lids properly seal

The Verdict

In conclusion, the best overall product for portion control containers is the 21-Day Efficient Nutrition Portion Control Containers Kit. This is the best value for your money and seems to be the most reliable set of containers when it comes to avoiding leakage.

This product also comes with much more information about portion control and recipes than the other products, which adds additional value.

Using the 21-Day Efficient Nutrition Portion Control Containers Kit, consumers can easily learn how to control their food portions and quickly see the difference between a serving and a portion. This will aid in weight loss, as a balanced diet will be easily achieved.

With the wide variety of recipes included, anyone will be able to find something that they enjoy to eat and store it in these containers. The instructions are simple and make the process easy for the buyer to understand.

Because weight loss is 80% diet and only 20% exercise, you should not be negligent when it comes to what you eat.

Buy these containers today so you can portion out your meals appropriately and begin your journey to healthy eating. Add portion control to a tailored meal plan for even better results.

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Drop up to 15 pounds in just three weeks? The 21 Day Fix claims to help anyone do just that. And evidently, people are intrigued. According to Google, the weight-loss trend was one of the most searched diets in 2015 and spiked on Pinterest by a whopping 190 percent that same year.

Naturally, we had to ask the experts if it’s really worth the hype, or if the 21 Day Fix is just another weight-loss gimmick. The lowdown:

How It Works
The diet revolves around the idea that it takes 21 days to successfully create a healthy habit, and was created by National Academy of Sports Medicine certified celeb trainer Autumn Calabrese—who, fun fact, is also a bikini competitor. “This diet combines portion control with regular physical activity to promote weight loss in three weeks,” says Leigh Tracy, R.D., a dietitian at The Center for Endocrinology at Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore.

The Plan
Despite the fact that controlling your portions and working out aren’t exactly groundbreaking, dieters seem to be drawn in by the way the diet organizes each meal.

As part of the program, 21 Day Fixers receive color-coded containers to measure your portions, says Ashvini Mashru, R.D., author of Small Steps to Slim. These include an 8 ounce green container for veggies, an 8 ounce purple container for fruits, a 6 ounce red container for proteins, a 5.3 ounce yellow container for carbs, two 2.7 ounce orange containers for seeds and dressings, and a Shakeology cup for shakes.

To find out how much you can eat each day, you start by calculating your specific caloric intake. Multiply your current weight by 11 and add 400 (which covers the calories burned during your daily workout.). That number is the daily calorie intake you need to maintain your weight. To find out how much you need to eat to lose weight, subtract 750.

The guide breaks down each container with a list of foods that you can eat, which makes it easier to create a weekly meal plan.

Along with the portioned containers and eating plan, dieters receive two workout DVDs and an exercise schedule that includes seven 30-minute workouts for each day of the week. (Sweating yet?)

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The Pros and Cons
Though the containers eliminate the need to track your mealsand the plan encourages whole foods, if you don’t love prepping your meals ahead of time or expanding your grocery bill, you might struggle with the general structure. “Most of the meals are expensive or time consuming to make,” she says. “And you might find the small portions of food to be too restrictive,” she says. That could lead to falling off the wagon or bingeing after the 21 days are up, says Mashru.

At the same time, requiring workouts every single day for nearly a month can be super frustrating, she adds. Especially since these workouts aren’t for beginners.

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Lastly, like most trendy diets, the 21 Day Fix doesn’t go beyond the three weeks it was designed to fit into. Though some people might continue to watch their portions and work out on the regular, others might revert back to their previous lifestyle habits, which could lead to gaining back the weight they lost.

The Verdict
It may not be the best course of action, says Mashru. “It’s true that most people will be able to lose at least some weight on the 21 Day Fix, but for a long-term weight-loss solution, it may be better to find a program that’s more flexible,” she says. In other words, you’ll probably find that living life by a “container diet” isn’t living at all.

Krissy Brady Krissy is a regular contributor to Prevention, and she also writes for Cosmopolitan, Weight Watchers, Women’s Health, FitnessMagazine.com, Self.com, and Shape.com.

These Are the Highest-Rated Meal Prep Containers on Amazon Prime

We are big fans of meal prep here at Cooking Light, and we even have a whole newsletter dedicated to equipping you with fresh, healthy recipes on a weekly basis. Meal prep can be pretty intimidating at first, but with a little help, it can be one of the best things you do for yourself and your family each week.

But even if you have the recipes, the groceries, and the Sunday set aside to do your prepping, there’s one thing you still need: Good containers to put it all in!

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So we dug through Amazon for the most loved, most affordable, and most fun meal prep containers on the market to help streamline your process and make it that much easier to prepare and serve your dishes. They all had an average rating of four or more stars and hundreds of five-star reviews.

Fitpacker Meal Prep Containers

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These containers have almost 3500 five-star reviews on Amazon, and for good reason. One reviewer said they are perfect for small kitchens, as they stack neatly and don’t take up too much precious storage space. While they are made from plastic, they are FDA-approved and BPA-free. The Fitpacker containers are reusable, dishwasher-safe and can easily be stored in the freezer or reheated in the microwave, for whatever you are cooking up each week.

Shop Now: Fitpacker Meal Prep Containers (16-count), $19.99

Efficient Nutrition Portion Control Containers

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Nearly 2400 reviewers loved these containers, noting that they’re perfect for those taking weight loss seriously, as many reviewers shared using these pre-portioned containers based on each food group helped them practice better portion control. These color-coded containers made it easy to properly portion food throughout the week and even come with a portion control guide with 21 days of healthy recipes for weight loss.

Shop Now: Efficient Nutrition Portion Control Containers Deluxe Kit (14-piece), $13.95

Freshware Three-Compartment Meal Prep Containers

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These containers are the best-selling bulk food storage item on Amazon. Reviewers love these containers for helping them practice better portion control with three compartments, for saving space by stacking easily, and for their durability. They are BPA-free, microwavable, dishwasher and freezer-safe, and extremely leak-resistant.

Shop Now: Freshware Meal Prep Containers (21-pack), $15.70

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Prep Naturals Two-Compartment Glass Containers

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Looking for something a little more sturdy? These glass containers are sleek and a great alternative for those looking to reduce their plastic usage. Almost 500 reviewers loved these containers for their durability, the fact they’re microwaves and dishwasher safe, and their two-compartment design for better portion control and variety. This set of five helps to easily distribute portions for working lunches at the office.

Shop Now: Prep Naturals Two-Compartment Glass Meal Prep Containers (5-pack), $33.99

Utopia Kitchen Glass Food Storage Containers

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While this set had fewer reviews than the others on this list, it is still considered one of the best-selling glass meal prep container options on Amazon. These containers are dishwasher, oven, and freezer-safe and boast leak-proof storage capabilities. While reviewers note they aren’t very stackable, they love the quality and reliability of these containers, and say they are very easy-to-clean.

Shop Now: Utopia Kitchen Glass Food Storage Containers (set of 9) $34.99

Lock & Lock Airtight Food Storage Containers

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These food storage containers are perfect for those with specific container sizes in mind, as you can purchase six different sizes individually, or one giant 14-piece set. Reviewers say they are worth spending a little extra on because of the wide size varieties. Many said they loved the taller containers for storing loaves of bread and preventing food waste, and the longer containers were perfect for packing a salad or roasted veggies.

Shop Now: Lock & Lock Airtight Rectangular Food Storage Containers (set of 7), $35.52

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