Today’s Fit Tip is meal planning.
Meal planning has many benefits, like: it help you eat healthier, saves money, time and waste, and reduces your stress level because you already know what the plan is for the day.
First thing I do when I first started meal planning is to make a list of meals that you currently love. This gives you a starting point.
Next I always try one new recipe a week. If the recipe was a hit, I add it to the master list. If not, then we know not to make it that way again.
Another big thing to think about when meal planning is plan your meals around your schedule. For example, I am not going to plan to make my pork stuff recipe, which requires simmer time and longer prep time, on a Thursday night when I know that I am going to be at work then come home and we are rushing to my son’s baseball game. That would just set us up for failure and stress. Instead on those nights, we plan a quick on the go meal that don’t take long to prep (I can get ready the morning before work or night prior) and just grab and go or a crockpot meal that have been cooking all day and is ready to grab and eat.
Next lets talk about leftovers. Left overs are your friend, but not everyone wants to eat the same meal multiple times in the week. We like to freeze our left overs in portion size, so they are like healthy tv dinners. This gives us variety, and we aren’t wasting food.
Another tip is to check your current supplies before planning. This will let you know what needs to be used up.
I like to meal plan weekly. I make weekly grocery list at the same time as meal planning because I know what supplies will be needed for the week.
We also like to make Theme nights to make planning fun- Seafood night, Italian night, Pizza night, Mexican night
I also like to check the local sales for a budgeting tip. For example if Festival is having a sale on chicken, I will plan on more chicken meals for that week.
Do you meal plan? What is your favorite tip or trick? - 2 days ago