We all want to live healthier lives and make healthier choices, for ourselves and for our families. We can do this by eating the right foods to fuel our bodies.
Another way to make a successful change to a healthy way of eating and living is through a weekly food/meal plan. As daunting as it may sound at first, a meal plan will not only help keep you on track to make good nutritional choices, it will keep your week organized and free of the “what am I going to cook for dinner” moments, which usually leads to poor food choices. By shopping once a week (with the exception of fresh fruit/veggie replenishing) you will cut out needless trips and purchases at the grocery store, making it a great money saving tool as well.
Use the following tips to help with your meal planning:
- Consult your calendar to see what your week entails. Busy days and evenings filled with activities are not conducive to meals that require a lot of prep work, so schedule accordingly.
- Keep it simple, really. Meal planning is a great opportunity to add some variety to your regular menu, but get comfortable with the process first. And don’t forget to get your family involved.
- Make a grocery list from your meal plans and shop from it, including snack items. Take your time when you shop; read labels and compare prices and similar products.
- Wash, peel and pre-cut fruits and veggies. Store them in clear containers so that you can see what is inside. Pre-cut, marinate and freeze meat for the week. Make a batch of muffins, hard boil eggs for snacks.
- Post your weekly meal plan in a visible spot. It will not only take the guess-work out of what’s for dinner, it may even get you some unexpected help with preparations in the kitchen.
- Be kind to yourself. Life happens. If your meal-plan falls apart mid week, shake it off and start again the following day.
Written by Keri Cawthorne and featured on Indian River Select Brand