SARTELL -- This week in our "Fitness Friday" series on WJON, we learn how to prepare our meals for the week in just an hour.

For many of us putting a pizza in the oven is a lot easier than spending hours in the kitchen just for one meal.

However Dayna Deters of Dayna Deters Fitness says by preparing your meals ahead of time you can have a combination of different meals to last the week.

"You can do stuff with a crock-pot, you can combined different food groups together to make it taste good. You just want to get creative with it," says Deters.

When meal prepping the important part to remember is to have a good balance of all the different food groups so your body gets the nutrients it needs.

"You always want to have some sort of protein with each meal, then you can add in carbs as well as other varieties of food to make sure each meal is balanced," says Deters.

Deters say the best way to meal prep is to pick one day a week to cook your food which shouldn't take more than an hour.

"I like to spend the least amount of time in the kitchen as I can so when my chicken is baking I cut up my vegetables and fruits, pack my snacks all before the chicken is done baking," says Deters.

If you still need help knowing how much food to package per meal, Deters says to download a free app like My Fitness Pal that will help track your daily food intake.

Prepping your meals for the week will save you time in the long run (Photo: Alex Svejkovsky, WJON News)