Why Meal Planning Matters:Meal Planning is not just a trend; it’s a lifestyle choice that can significantly enhance your physical health, save you time, and even contribute to your financial well-being. As someone who didn’t always prioritize healthy eating, I discovered that a little planning goes a long way! The Basics:
- Set Realistic Goals: As always, we want to be realistic about starting a new habit. Start small and gradually build up. Whether you aim to cook twice a week or prepare your lunches for work, setting achievable goals will make the process less overwhelming
- Create A Weekly Menu: Before you hit the grocery store, plan your meals for the week! Take into account your schedule, ensuring that your meals align with your daily activities. (Check out our recipe book)
- Batch Cooking: Cook in bulk to save time! Prepare larger portions and store leftovers for later in the week. This not only reduces cooking time but also minimizes food waste.
- Prep Ingredients: Washing and prepping your fruits and vegetables will make it easier to grab and go, make a salad, or throw things together for a stir fry. We tend to grab things out of convenience when we’re in a hurry – make those healthier options!
- Invest in quality containers: Having the right storage containers is key to keeping your meals fresh. Invest in a variety of sizes, making it easy to portion and store your meals conveniently.
- Consistency in healthy eating: Knowing I have nutritious meals readily available eliminates the temptation of reaching for an unhealthy option or order in again.
- Time-Saving: Preparing meals/ingredients in advance saves me a significant amount of time during the week. It frees up time for other activities and reduces the stress associated with daily cooking.
- Financial Savings: By planning my meals and buying only the ingredients that I need, I’ve noticed a considerable reduction in my grocery bill. This has been an unexpected but welcome bonus!