One of the best ways to make sure you eat healthy is to prep your meals at home for the week. Meal prep helps prevent the urge to grab last-minute takeout, or gorge yourself on drive-through meals that don’t fit (and could potentially trash) your muscle-building diet.
But once you start to meal prep, you'll quickly find that you need to stock up on some high-quality containers.
Meal prep aficionados demand a lot from their containers. Whether you’re storing dressing, a trail mix, or cuts of chicken for lunch, you can’t have a container that’ll leak or spill. Meal prep containers also need to be made from safe materials (no BPA), last a long time, and survive the microwave, freezer, and dishwasher without falling apart.
Here are 10 meal prep containers worth checking out.
These classic (and classy) glass jars can be used to store dry, cold, or frozen foods. They come in all shapes and sizes, from 4oz (quarter-pint) to 128oz (gallon). The wide-mouth pint jars are also perfect for Mason Jar salads, or meals you want to eat right out of the jar. Ball also makes lids for smoothies or beverages, so you can drink right out of the jar. ($10.99 for a dozen 16-oz. Glass Mason Jars, freshpreserving.com)
Durable, practical, and versatile, these airtight containers are perfect for packing lunches for work or for after the gym. Each Bento box contains two smaller compartments, each individually sealable, as well as a small compartment for loose snacks like almonds. They even have a top lid that can hide utensils like chopsticks or Monbento’s pocket cutlery. The Original Bento is OK'd for use in the dishwasher, freezer, and microwave (as long as you don’t exceed 500 watts); it’s also BPA-free and soft to the touch. They also come in a variety of appealing colors, from jet black to eye-popping pink. (From $32.99, us.monbento.com)
These glass containers come with a silicone sleeve to help protect the glass from cracking or breaking. They come in a 1-, 2-, or 4-cup size. The glass is recyclable, and both the glass and silicone sleeve are BPA/BPS free. It’s also dishwasher-safe. ($14.99, lifefactory.com)
These storage containers have been around for years and still come out on top. The Pyrex Simply Store 6-pc Round Set w/ Blue Lids (pictured) or 18-piece Set with Multi-Colored Lids are perfect starter sets. The cost is very affordable, especially because these babies will last for years—and Pyrex glass is safe in the dishwasher, refrigerator, microwave, and oven. (That’s right: You can roast the chicken breasts right in the container, and then pack them up for later.) The glass is made in the USA and the lids are BPA-free. Be mindful, though, that the lids don’t lock, so there is a risk of spilling. ($9.99 for six-piece round set; $19.99 for 18-piece set; pyrexware.com)
CookPro’s click-and-lock airtight lids are easy to open and close. They also nest for easy storage. These bad boys are freezer-, microwave-, and dishwasher-safe, and come in a variety of shapes and sizes. (prices vary; cook-pro.com/storage)
These popular Pyrex glass containers come with airtight lids that snap in place. You can even write and erase on the lids for easy labeling. They’re leak-proof, stackable, and easy to open and close. The glass is stain-resistant and microwave-, oven-, refrigerator-, freezer-, and dishwasher-safe. They’re also BPA-free and made in the USA. (From $5.59, shopworldkitchen.com)
These locktop containers are leakproof, airtight, and BPA-free. They also resist warping and staining, and are freezer-, microwave-, and dishwasher-safe. They also nest for easy storage. ($6.99 for 4.6-cup container, oxo.com)
This box contains one larger section, two side servings, and a dip well. The molded silicone lid keeps wet food (like yogurt) in place, preventing food from leaking between compartments or outside the box. It’s dishwasher- and microwave-safe, and BPA-free. ($32, yumboxlunch.com)
These inexpensive, BPA-free food storage containers are made from hard plastic. They are freezer and dishwasher safe, and FDA-approved for microwave use. You should know, though, that although these are much sturdier and last much longer than other similarly thin plastic containers, cracks can eventually occur. ($13.95, easylunchboxes.com)
These containers are made of silicon with an easy-pull vented lid that allows you to reheat efficiently. It is dishwasher-, microwave-, freezer-, and oven-safe. The container collapses to 1¼” high for easy storage. ($9.99-$16.99, containerstore.com)