Best Meal Prep Bags Tested & Reviewed

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Eating healthy is one way we, as runners, can better ourselves and our sport each day. If you’re like plenty of athletes out there who struggle with finding a balance between healthy, customized meal plans and the busyness of the everyday, you may want to think about getting a meal prep bag. Meal prep bags are like super-powered lunch boxes that have space for several meals throughout the day and sometimes room for shaker bottles, utensils, and even laptops!  

There are plenty of meal prep bags on the market aimed at making it easier to eat healthy while on the go. With so many different options available, the search for one that fits all your needs can be daunting. Choosing the right meal prep bag doesn’t have to be a chore and although it may be a drop in the bucket when it comes to taking steps to eat healthy, having the best meal prep bag for you will help put you on the right track.

Of course, there are variations to these meal prep bags. Some are larger and are designed for the serious meal prepper who may frequently go to the gym and work, while others may be smaller and are designed to disappear into a larger bag. Check out the list of the best meal prep bags on the market and see which one fits your needs.

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In the most recent round, we did some more research to see what's out there. We ended up with a few more solid containers to add to our list. 08/09/18 We've added the meal prep bag by TO GO as well as another Prep Naturals option to this selection, which are both super affordable and super functional meal prep bags. The TO GO bag is great for those looking for a larger bag that can fit more meal containers. The Prep Naturals meal prep bag is a backpack that has great storage space and is an affordable alternative to the Fitness Expedition.

6-Pack Fitness Innovator
  • 6-Pack Fitness Innovator
  • 5 out of 5
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  • Plenty of space
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Isolator Fitness Isobag
  • Isolator Fitness Isobag
  • 4.5 out of 5
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  • Lightweight
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6-Pack Fitness Expedition
  • 6-Pack Fitness Expedition
  • 4 out of 5
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  • Great for travel
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Best Meal Prep Bags

 

1. 6-Pack Fitness Innovator

The 6-Pack Fitness Meal Prep Bag was built to leave all the others behind. The shelving adjusts for your daily needs, and its hardy design guarantees it can withstand normal wear and tear. Its sizeable meal containers hold plenty of food with enough room for two gel packs, making sure your meals stay fresh all-day long.
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Storage Capability

It comes with three options: the 5-meal, 3-meal and 3-meal mini. The containers are included, plus the lids snap closed to guarantee freshness. It even has a top storage compartment to store cutlery, supplements and small snacks so that the extra contents don’t compromise your main meal compartment. The Innovator bag also has two side-zipper pockets for water and blender bottles.

Contents

The bag comes with the snap-lock meal prep containers (five or three containers, depending on the storage size), a detachable shoulder strap for easier carrying, plus two gel packs that will keep your meals chilled for over eight hours, guaranteeing freshness.

Construction

The bag is made with an insulated interior. The containers are made with BPA/PVC-free materials, and they are reinforced with snap-locks to make sure your food doesn’t spill.

Value

It’s built for the serious meal prepper. The design allows the prepper to rest assured that they can fit everything they need for a day’s time into one bag without compromise. These bags are great for a small road trip or a day at work.
Pros
  • Plenty of space
  • Great design
  • Ice packs last for over eight hours
Cons
  • Expensive
  • Gel packs can rupture, although this rarely occurs

2. Isolator Fitness Isobag

The Isolator Fitness Isobag 3 is one of the Innovator’s biggest competitors. The Isolator bag is 40% lighter and smaller than most flagship meal prep bags, including the Innovator. This allows for more food without the added weight. With room for two drink containers, you can rest assured that you’ll have everything you need, whether at the gym or office.
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Storage Capability

This version allows for 3-meals, but they do have a 6-meal option, and both would be great for a day on the road, a weekend away, or even a long day at the office. It has one main compartment which stores the stackable containers, plus one upper compartment that can store small snacks and cutlery. The exterior has two insulated pockets and two mesh pockets for water bottles and shakes.

Contents

It comes with six meal containers: one 38oz, one 28oz, one 12oz and three 16oz. The two included ice packs can keep your food cold for up to twelve hours. They’re more efficient than most ice packs, so you don’t have to worry about food spoiling. An added bonus for this bag: you can buy a separately sold harness and sidekick bag that will allow it to turn into a backpack.

Construction

The containers are BPA-free and leak-resistant. The compartments are fully insulated, and the bag is hand-assembled in the USA.

Value

Preppers can be sure that their food needs will be met with this bag. They won’t have to sacrifice contents for a lack of room. The added accessories guarantee it can transform to meet your changing needs. The few complaints of sub-par stitching may be a concern for some, but there have only been a few reports.
Pros
  • 40% lighter and smaller than the competition
  • Extra containers for added convenience
  • Side harness and a sidekick bag available to convert the bag into a backpack
  • Comes with a lifetime warranty with registration for the zippers and stitching.
Cons
  • Pricey
  • Containers don’t have snap-locks
  • A few complaints of sub-par stitching leading to early wear and tear

3. 6-Pack Fitness Expedition

The everything backpack. This holds your technology plus your meals while still feeling organized. If you’re looking for a bag that can do it all, this is it.
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Storage Capability

It comes in the 300- and 500-meal options, just like its Innovator counterpart. It comes with three gel packs (two small, one large) that keep meals cool for over eight hours. The bag’s fully-insulated core keeps up to three full-sized meals organized, plus its specialized container has room for snacks and cutlery. There are also two side pockets which can hold four shaker bottles. The main compartment is large enough for workout gear, clothes and other personal items. There are additional pockets for your personal belongings, such as wallet, keys, phone, etc. The most unique feature is the fleece-lined technology compartment which can hold up to a 15 inch laptop or tablet. There’s no risk of these being compromised by cold packs or food compartment.

Contents

The backpack comes with three, sure-lock meal containers guaranteed to keep your safe in their containers all day long. It includes three gel packs (two small, one large) that will keep your meals at their ideal temperature. The technology compartment will insulate your tech gear and make sure they won’t be affected by the gel packs. The included sports nutrition container will keep supplements and small snacks organized.

Construction

The backpack is composed of leak-proof ballistic nylon. The padded back and shoulder straps will make sure that comfort maintains all day long. Its superior zipper design makes sure that they hold up to the weight of food and other items stored inside.

Value

The bag maintains its shape even when empty. Its storage capability is unmet by most meal prep bags on the market. Its durable construction will meet almost everyone’s needs from the adventurer to the workaholic.
Pros
  • Great for travel, hiking, a day at the office or just a day out and about
  • It comes in a variety of color combinations
Cons
  • Very pricey
  • It can feel a bit bulky when worn

4. Fitmark Meal Management Box

4. Fitmark Meal Management Box
Made with ballistic nylon with a lightweight composition, you can rest easy that the Fitmark Meal Management Box can withstand everyday wear and tear and still hold plenty of food. Its small size guarantees it won’t get in the way of other items you may need to carry with you, such as a purse or computer bag.
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Storage Capability

While this bag is smaller and only comes with two 32oz food containers, it uses its space quite effectively. The containers are narrower, but for what’s lost in width, they make up in height. There’s a mesh pocket for cutlery, small snacks, plus the main compartment has room left over for additional food options. It has one side pocket for a drink, plus it comes with a protein shaker that has two vitamin and protein mix compartments on its base. The bag also includes two ice packs (one of which is even TSA approved, so longer travel is an option and you can avoid plane food).

Contents

It includes two 32oz meal containers, one shaker bottle and two ice packs. For such a compact bag, two ice packs will maintain proper meal temperature all day.

Construction

The bag is smaller at 798 cubic inches for easy travel. It’s made with ballistic nylon so you know it can withstand normal wear and tear. The snap-lock containers guarantee your meals will never leak.

Value

The Fitmark is smaller than most bags and only comes with two meal containers. While this may limit the pallet of some, the small size is still quite appealing. Plus, it can get through airport security allowing travelers to plan their meals without wondering if they’ll be reduced to day-old airport pretzels to get by.
Pros
  • Will clear TSA
  • Leak-proof containers
  • Durable
Cons
  • Small size
  • Only two meal containers

5. Jaxx FitPak

5. Jaxx FitPak
While smaller than many bags included on this list, don’t let that size fool you. The Jaxx Fitpak Meal prep Bag can fit plenty without the bulk of larger meal prep bags, while maintaining a sleek design. And with room for two bottles, it will serve well at the gym and work.
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Storage Capability

This bag can accommodate up to six meals which is plenty of food for one day, or it can be used for sharing while traveling. The two mesh pockets allow for two shaker cups or water bottles. The bag is even small enough that it can fit in a larger back for easy carrying.

Contents

It comes with six containers (two 1-cup containers, four 2-cup containers). It also includes a vitamin holder and a shaker cup with a patented Jaxx agitator which can be stored in the two side-mesh pockets. The included ice pack guarantees all-day freshness.

Construction

The PEVA-lined interior is insulated. The containers are BPA-free.

Value

This will be a great buy for commuters who are constantly on the go but need to downsize. It doesn’t take up a lot of room, it could even fit in a larger bag. It holds plenty of food and is super affordable.
Pros
  • Good price
  • Such a great buy for its size and price due to its storage capability.
Cons
  • The mesh side pockets could be higher for the shaker bottle included, but it’s a minor issue.

6. Evolutionize EDC

6. Evolutionize EDC
The Evolutionize EDC Meal Prep Bag flips conventional design on its head. Instead of building outward like most meal bags, this bag builds upwards. This reduces the bulk while maintaining storage space.
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Storage Capability

The main compartment can accommodate three full mean containers, plus a top compartment which hold either another meal container or small snacks and cutlery. It also has a zipper pocket in the back for two full-size shaker bottles.

Contents

The bag comes with three, good-sized meal containers and one gel pack. It doesn’t include a shaker bottle like most meal prep bags, but does include a detachable shoulder strap.

Construction

The bag is also serious about durability. The interior consists of extra-thick PEVA lining, EPA foam, plus a metal hardware frame. The exterior is made of ultra-think polyester to withstand daily wear and tear.

Value

This bag is more cost-effective than most bags on the market, but it doesn’t sacrifice space. However, it doesn’t include a standard shaker bottle that most bags do, but you’re still saving money when buying the bottle separately.
Pros
  • Design builds upwards rather than outwards to reduce bulkiness
  • Good price
  • Durable
Cons
  • Reports of a flimsy build; does not include protein shaker bottles

7. ThinkFit XM

7. ThinkFit XM
The ThinkFit XM Meal Prep Bag is small, but an excellent size for travel or daily commutes. With six meal containers, you won’t have to worry about compromising your food selection while still saving space.
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Storage Capability

The bag can hold up to six meal containers to keep you full all day long. Its included ice pack will keep your meals fresh without compromising space. The bag can also store one supplement container and one shaker bottle. Its side pocket can hold various small items like cell phones and keys.

Contents

It comes with six containers (two 1.5-cup and four 2.5-cup), plus an included shaker cup with three additional containers that attach to the bottom of the shaker bottle for added storage. The bag also has an added storage compartment for utensils, small snacks and supplements. To top it off, it comes with included ice pack to keep all of your meals cool. It also includes a detachable shoulder strap if you decide to carry this bag inside a larger bag.

Construction

The bag handle has double stitching for durability. The inner lining is double-insulated to make sure meals stay at their ideal temperature for as long as possible.

Value

This bag has great storage for its size and price. With six meal containers, plus added storage on its shaker bottle, you won’t have to pick and choose what to include in your bag that day. It also comes with a 100% money-back guarantee.
Pros
  • Lifetime money-back guarantee
  • Great for commuting
  • Double insulated
Cons
  • Reports of issues maintaining coldness

Meal Prep Bag by TO GO

Meal Prep Bag by TO GO
The TO GO meal prep bag is a cost-effective way to bring your meals with you using a combination of containers and functional extras. Don’t let the vibrant red pack scare you away--you’re sure to be good TO GO with this meal prep bag.
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Storage Capability

The main compartment can hold 6 meal containers and two ice packs, although some users said they had trouble fitting all of these comfortably. There is room for the shaker bottle in a mesh compartment on the side as well as a small zippered side pocket.

Contents

This bag comes with 4 large 30 oz. containers and 2 small 13.5 oz. containers that all lock securely with 4-sided snap lids. They are BPA-free and dishwasher safe, and you can microwave the containers after removing the lids. Two ice-packs are included to keep food cold. There is a 23 oz. shaker bottle and a 7-compartment pill container that you can tote along too.

Construction

The bag itself is a vivid red color with white seam trim and grey mesh and is 13”Lx7.2”Wx7.2”H. It has a top handle with four anchor points and an adjustable 53" shoulder strap that snaps so you can remove it when not in use. It is made with high-quality materials and a well-thought-out build that is made to last.

Value

This meal prep bag easily stands up to some of the more expensive bags on our list, both in functionality and in quality, while being much more affordable. It has overwhelmingly positive customer ratings and is a great deal whether you’re on a budget or not.
Pros
  • Affordable
  • 2 Ice packs
  • Large and small containers that lock
  • Use the bag handle or shoulder strap
  • Includes shaker bottle and pill box
  • Overwhelming customer approval ratings
Cons
  • Only comes in one color
  • Some had difficulty fitting all containers in bag with ice packs

9. Prep Naturals

9. Prep Naturals
The Prep Naturals Meal Prep Bag has the same general design as the Evolutionize EDC bag, but is more square than its counterpart. It’s an excellent choice for those wanting an easy-to-carry bag.
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Storage Capability

It can hold four meal containers, three of which are in the main compartment. The top compartment can hold an additional meal or small snacks, supplements and cutlery. It has room for two shaker bottles in the back, plus two mesh pockets on its sides.

Contents

This bag comes with ten 28oz meal prep containers. It includes ten cutlery sets for convenience. A detachable shoulder strap is included, as well.

Construction

It’s made of thick PEVA inner lining, EPA foam with a strong, metal frame. An ultra-strong polyester exterior protects the bag through all-day wear and tear.

Value

This can hold plenty of food for the price, plus it comes with extra meal containers so that you don’t have to run the dishwasher every day. This bag is also designed upwards rather than outwards to be more versatile.
Pros
  • Good value
  • Large meal containers
  • Cutlery is included
  • You can choose either a fourth meal or snacks in the top compartment
Cons
  • This does not come with an ice pack
  • Meal containers do not have a snap-lock, spill-proof design

10. Lish

10. Lish
While arguably the smallest meal prep bag on this list, don’t be fooled. It can hold up to six meals, thereby storing as much food as possible. Its small size makes it one of the easiest meal prep bags to keep with you on a busy day.
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Storage Capability

Lish can hold six meal containers for all-day satiety. One ice pack will keep your food cool all day. It can hold two shaker bottles on either side of the bag, plus three mesh pockets: one inside for supplements, snacks or cutlery, the outer two can hold bottles or miscellaneous items.

Contents

It includes six snap-lock meal containers (four 3.5 cup, two 2.5 cup). One vitamin holder can be stored in the interior mesh pocket. One ice pack fits between the compact meal containers. One detachable shoulder strap if you choose to store it in a larger bag.

Construction

The bag has a heavy-duty nylon exterior to help protect against daily wear and tear. Its insulated interior helps keep food cool all-day.

Value

This little bag does a lot for its size. You can hold two drink bottles, plus enough food to keep you satiated throughout the day. Plus, it still has room for an ice pack so you can rest easy that your food is chilled.
Pros
  • Detachable shoulder strap
  • The meal containers have a snap-lock, leak-proof seal, plus they have two different sizes so you can choose what you need for your day.
  • Small but holds a good amount
Cons
  • The bag fits six meal containers, but it’s a bit of a squeeze on the interior.
  • A bit difficult to store and remove the containers.

MDMP

MDMP
Do you know what MDPM stands for? It’s My Daily Meal Plan. Now it will be much easier to plan your daily meals if you have this lunch bag.
All the containers are BPA-free and they’re approved by FDA. The lunch bag with the containers aren’t the only things you receive.
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Storage Capability

It includes 3 food containers. They can be easily washed in the washing machine and they’re fully reusable. The measurement of the containers is 6.3" x 6.3" x 3" so you can carry even a whole meal. The special lids lock the containers so they don’t leak.

Contents

In addition to containers, there are also two ice packs, you can choose them for chilling the bag. The lunch bag comes also with 22 oz shaker so you can put your drink with you.

Construction

It’s made of extra tough 1680D PVC, it’s great if you want to keep the same temperature in the bag, especially in the summer when you want to drink something cold. It keeps your food cold or hot about 10 hours. The construction is well tailored so it retains the heat or cold very well, the YKK zippers are also high quality and add durability to the construction. Aluminium-foil insulation is very firm and the bottom is reinforced. There are also two zipper pockets at the sides where you can store water and etc.

Value

Some containers may cost even more than 100 dollars. If you’re ready to pay half of this price, this one is for you. According to many reviewers, it’s built to the last and it’s a good investment. What’s more, the price isn’t relatively high, the producer offers also guarantee. This product is available for about 50 dollars.
Pros

The insulation is thick enough to retain the cold inside

The shaker has 3 extra caps for storing vitamins or protein powder

There’s plenty of space for the snacks

Cons

For some users, the containers were too big

Prep Naturals Backpack

Prep Naturals Backpack
The Prep Naturals backpack is a different way to carry your meals with you that may fit your needs better if you’re a student on the go, if you forget your meal bag easily, or if you just want a more convenient way to carry all your necessities.
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Storage Capability

This bag has 4 pockets where you can stash any extras in addition to a compartment that will fit 3 meal containers and a larger storage space with a laptop sleeve. The lunch box section is insulated and has a mesh separator that is perfect for wet wipes or cutlery. Although you may not be able to fit a stack of textbooks in the storage space, you can definitely take along your laptop (as long as it’s 15” or less) and a couple of notebooks as well as a wireless mouse, pens, keys, wallet, USB drives, so on and so forth.

Contents

There are three meal containers that are BPA-free and have locking lids which is an upgrade from the Prep Naturals shoulder strap meal prep bag. There is a supplement case and an ice pack included as well.

Construction

The backpack is designed well and has plenty of functionality, but the materials may be lacking. Prep Naturals does not specify the material makeup of this backpack, and although it does work well for many users there is a significant amount of reportable issues with durability. Frequent strap snaps, seam tears, and zipper breaks seem to persist, but if you have any problems it should be easy to make a return.

Value

Despite basic construction issues, this backpack is a fantastic alternative to more expensive options for those working with a limited budget. If you like the streamlined design of a meal prep backpack that can also store all your daily necessities, the Prep Naturals meal prep backpack is definitely a product worth looking into.
Pros
  • Affordable alternative on a budget
  • Extra space for essentials and everyday needs
  • Pill case and ice pack
  • Insulated and scratch resistant
Cons
  • Some scattered issues with durability
  • Plenty of room for laptop or notebooks but not for many books or binders

 

Our Criteria For the Best Meal Prep Bags

How did we evaluate and decide which meal prep bags were good enough to be included on the top 10 list? We considered what each bag’s storage capability is, what actually comes included in each bag, how they’re made and if they’ll hold up to standard wear and tear, how much value it has and the pros and cons of each one so you know before you buy whether or not one of them is right for you.

Storage Capability

As you’re choosing the right meal prep bag, one of the main concerns is obviously how much it can hold. That’s the main reason for upgrading from a standard lunch bag to a full-on meal prep bag. Most of these meal prep bags can hold at least three meals, and there are options available for up to six. So you know you’ll have enough food to get through the day. Plus, most of the bags on this list have enough room for two bottles so you can stay well hydrated, too.

Contents

Another important topic is what actually comes included in the bag. The price is important, but if you’re going to have to spend more money getting the necessary accessories, the cost can add up. All of the bags on this list come with the meal containers already included, and most come with gel packs or ice packs and at least one bottle. So if you’re required to buy an ice pack or a bottle, the additional cost is minimal.

Construction

It’s important to know that your bag is built to last. All of the bags on this list are built to withstand daily wear and tear, plus keep your food cold at the same time. Some of them even come with lifetime warranties in case there’s ever an issue. So if you’re a commuter and you have to push through throngs of people, or your standard lunch box doesn’t keep your food cold—one of these bags may be right for you.

Value

It’s great knowing whether or not a certain bag is worth your time. If you’re on the fence about a certain one, we break it down and tell you what you’re going to get out of it. It may hold six meal containers, but if the size isn’t correct, it’s not going to be a great match. But this list contains meal prep bags of all shapes, sizes and storage capabilities, so there’s one for everyone.

 

Other Important Factors to Consider

Brand Reputation

Does the company specialize in meal prep bags, or is it just a side gig? If the company specializes in this, you can probably bet they know what they’re doing. Plus, some companies have variations of the same bag so you can pick the best version for you. This list mentioned a few variations in meal options.

Now, if the company mainly specializes in meal containers and not so much the bags, research how long they’ve been making the meal prep bags and if sales and customer reviews are in their favor. The bags included in this list all have great reviews, but these aren’t the only bags on the market. Be careful when selecting the bag that is right for you.

Price

The bag may be fantastic, but it’s important to choose a bag that fits your lifestyle and your budget. For example, if you think the 6-Pack Fitness Expedition Backpack is a bag you just have to have, but you go to work and come home, no need to transport any electronics and don’t work out outside of your house, maybe that isn’t the right bag for you. So make sure that you choose the bag that is right for your lifestyle so you don’t end up overpaying.

On the other end, make sure you’re not simply trying to save money and you choose a bag that still doesn’t meet your lifestyle requirements. Maybe spending an extra $10 or $20 is what you need to do so that the bag meets your meal requirements, or holds your water bottle so you don’t have to.

Guarantees and Lifetime Warranties

Does your bag come with a guarantee from the manufacturer? Maybe it’s a great bag, but you’re habitually rough with your meal prep bag. Having that extra reassurance that your bag will come with a lifetime guarantee may be the right deciding factor.

 

FAQ

Q:  Where can I buy meal prep bags?

A:  At this time, it appears that online is the way to buy. If any are available in a store, the selection is minimal. By shopping online, you get the most variety. Plus, some options allow for free delivery or free store pick-up.

Q:  What are the main types of meal prep bags available?

A:  There are three types of meal prep bags: the backpack, the shoulder-strap meal prep bag, and the lunch box meal prep bag. All of these designs were featured in this list and all of them offer their own unique benefits.

Q:  How do I wash my meal containers?

A:  They are dishwasher safe, but make sure to keep them only on the top rack of your dishwasher.

Q:  How are these bags different than a lunch box?

A:  With these meals, you’re able to pack more than just a sandwich and chips. You can pack full, healthy meals and stay on track with your healthy lifestyle.

Q:  If this is my first meal prep bag, which should one I buy?

A:  This depends on your lifestyle and needs. How many meals do you need throughout your day? Do you work out and need room for gym clothes and multiple drink bottles, or will one bottle pocket and a few meal containers work? Are you rough on your meal bags and need a warranty? Decide what you really want out of your bag and decide from there.

Sources

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  2. Informational Health Website, Ioslator Fitness Review, Website, Oct 10, 2015
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  5. Edith Parker, What is The Best Meal Prep Bag? The Answer is Right Here!, Website, Oct 05, 2017
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