The secret’s out! The humble meal planner will save you time and keep you and your family healthy. Our lives are busy, hectic and full of tasks and appointments we constantly need to think about and plan! Planning is a big part of our daily routine; from fitness classes, kids after school clubs to booking our summer holidays, using a meal planner is essential if you want to be organised.
Better mealtime planning will not only give you more time for the important stuff, but can save you money AND ensure you and your family enjoy delicious, healthy mealtimes. The temptation to call for take out will become a thing of the past.
It’s whatever way you organize yourself to cook a meal, whether that’s breakfast, lunch, or dinner. It is the plan you make before you shop. Avid meal planners will prepare their meals a month in advance, freezing neatly-labeled packets of soup and stew. Others wing it, shopping for that evening’s meal at the farmers’ market and picking up whatever looks good to them. Meal planning is a really personal thing.
Grocery shopping is a necessity, for some it’s a pleasure and others a pain, but love or hate shopping, with so many other obligations, it can often feel like a burden. A grocery store can at times feel overwhelming, with a maze of products all vying for your attention, they can quickly squash all your good intentions of being that super meal planner. Imagine being able to walk into a grocery store once a week to do ‘your only’ weekly shop, it’s what we like to call smart shopping.
The best strategy for smart shopping is to develop knowledge, awareness, and routine. Work from lists, shop with purpose and the experience will become more enjoyable. Also, if you can, choose a time to shop when stores are less crowded. Some areas of the country now offer online shopping and delivery services. These are great options if you have a busy schedule or feel more in control shopping virtually.
Check out these tips on how to be a smart shopper.
How about planning Monday night’s meal as meat-free. This is a great way to get more vegetables in and also encourages you to find and try other lean protein sources such as nuts, beans, eggs and soy.
Taking meat out of the “meal planner” for one day a week is also good for your health as it may help reduce your risk of developing chronic preventable diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, obesity and cancer. It also has a positive impact on our environment.
Inside Tip: Think you can’t afford whole foods? Think again! Buy produce when it’s in-season and buy grains, beans and other pantry items in the bulk bins. And don’t forget to check the store’s sales before you go, you’d be surprised at the great deals you can get.
You’re likely searching the internet to find some great ideas for recipes for meal planning, right? The internet is a great tool for that, but who has time to search through all the recipes, choose the ones you like and then print or remember where you found them so you can find them again later?!
Our awesome meal planner tool will allow you to browse through our recipes, select the recipe you want to make, choose the day and meal time you want to make it, generate a shopping list and you can either save it for later or print it ready to take to the grocery store. If you want to add an ingredient, you can do this too! Our meal planner tool is flexible and easy to use and best of all it’s FREE! How cool is that? Check it out for yourself, you’ll love it!
Once you have your meal times planned, now you can up your game and start to prep your lunches and dinners in advance. We love this clip of healthy food prep ideas, healthy, quick and the kids can even help too!
Are you ready to enjoy stress-free, healthy family meals?