Portion Control: The 5 Best Meal Prep Containers on the Market
Yo bro, do you even lift?
Chances are yes, you do. And if you’re the type of guy to lift, you’re probably the type of guy who is also concerned with food intake and meal preparation. Whether you do a meal prep Sunday, laying out every single breakfast, lunch, and dinner, are controlling for portion size, or are just looking for a better container to take your lunch to work in, let The Manual guide you through five of the best meal prep containers on the market.
We focused on BPA-free plastic containers for their lightweight and low cost. Featuring temperature resistance, easy clean-up, and impressive durability, plastic containers came out on top as the preferred container in the meal prep planning world.
Reditainer 2 Compartment Container, 20 pack, $19.95
Leakproof, microwavable, BPA-free, and freezable, these meal prep containers from Reditainer may look like you standard take-out box, but these are far more sturdy, reusable, lightweight, and virtually unbreakable. They also do not warp when reheated. And 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.
ChefLand 3-Compartment Container, 10 Pack, $12.50
This three-compartment food container features clear lids, deep capacity, and a self-insulated polypropylene walled compartments to keep hot foods hot and cold foods cold. And with three divided compartments, it has never been easier to get in your carbs, proteins, and veggies. These containers are also stackable, which is perfect for alleviating the tupperware avalanche tha threatens to swallow you every time you open your cabinet.
The Meal Lab Leak-Proof 3 Compartment Bento Lunch Box, 10 Pack, $11.95
Taking their cue from Japanese bento boxes, these leak-proof containers from The Meal Lab offer plenty of space for all your eats. The number one best-seller in meal-prep containers on Amazon, these bento boxes are solid, durable, and guaranteed not to warp, crack, or otherwise come apart.
Glass containers, with their resistance to stain and smells, are also another good option. However, while glass containers on the whole are healthier than plastic, their poor portability and inherent break-ability outweigh their 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, Blue, $39
These stain-proof, odor free, leak-proof, glass containers feature easy latching lids that ensure a secure 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 rubber seal, also probably shouldn’t be put in the dishwasher. Microwave, oven, and freezer safe, Glasslock’s containers are made to go anywhere. Just don’t drop them.
Ikea Förtrolig Clear Glass Container, $4.99 each
These heavy-duty glass meal prep containers from Ikea offer portability, convenience, and surprisingly, durability. 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 container sports a snap-lock lid that seals in both air and liquids, ensuring nothing gets out, not even odors.
Whichever material for meal prep containers you use, your choice should be dictated by your lifestyle. Find the right one that fits your fitness regimen and feel confident in your caloric-intake.