Meal planning is important because it helps support your health goals. When you have a quality meal plan, you're more than likely going to eat healthier. Meal planning also helps you make a quality grocery list that will keep you from going to the grocery store more than once a week. You also waste less food because you aren't just buying whatever looks good at the moment. Finally, meal planning keeps you from wondering what you're going to eat that day, which may in turn lead to eating out. Now that we know the benefits of meal planning, let's talk about how to do it.
1. How to Prepare
Begin by scheduling a time when you will meal plan. Next, check your calendar to see if you have any dinners or lunches coming up during the week. This way you don't purchase extra food for those days. Finally, go through your cookbooks and plan out your meals.
2. Make a Grocery List
It is absolutely important that you make a grocery list to avoid purchasing any ingredients that you don't need. After you've written down all of the recipes that you're planing on making check your refrigerator to see if you have any of those ingredients. It is a waste of money to purchase ingredients that you already have at home. Once you've written down your meals and looked in your refrigerator and pantry, begin writing down your list of groceries.
3. Grocery Shopping
Now that you've meal planned and made you're grocery list, it's time to go shopping! The best part about being prepared is that you only have to shop for groceries once a week. This saves you time, money and energy. This also keeps you from wasting food. Choose to either go grocery shopping yourself or have a delivery company do it for you like Amazon Prime or Shipt. Know yourself, if you know that you spend more going to the store, then have someone else do the shopping for you. It will save you time, money, and keep you accountable.
4. Time to Eat
I love to cook. I love the smell of spices and herbs in the home. Cooking is just wonderful. Set aside 30 minute to 1 hour to make your meals. I make them daily. However, you can make them on Sunday and save them for the week. It's really up to you. Enjoy the process and enjoy your meal!
Once, you make meal planning a habit, it’s easy eat healthy on a daily basis.