Benefits of Meal Planning

While meal planning may seem like a chore, in the long run the benefits can outweigh the minor hassle of setting aside time to meal plan.  In this post I am going to explain how to meal plan for a week, the benefits of meal planning, my step by step meal planning guide, meal planning tips, and meal planning on a budget.

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Meal Planning Guide

  1. Look at your week ahead.  Figure out what days you will need meals planned.  Which days are you planning on going out to eat? How many breakfasts, lunches, dinners, and snacks will you need? 
  2. Pick out recipes or meals you would like to have during the week.  What are you craving?
    1. Pinterest
    2. Cookbooks
    3. Magazines
    4. Instagram
    5. Your favorite food bloggers
    6. Some of my recipes here
    7. Any creations of your own
  3. Make sure your meals are balanced.  An easy way to do this is to make sure each meal has a protein source, carbohydrate sources (vegetables, fruit, and starchy carbohydrate such as bread, pasta, potatoes, grains, etc), and fat source such as avocados, olive oil, nuts, seeds, etc.  
  4. Plan what snacks you want to have on hand and any dessert options.
  5. Create a master list of all the ingredients you will need for the recipes and/or meals for the week.
  6. Check your pantry and fridge to figure out what ingredients you already have.  Check those items off of the list.
  7. Organize your list into grocery store sections: produce, dairy, meats, and pantry items.  This will help you navigate the grocery store faster.

Meal Planning Tips

Meal Planning on a Budget

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How to Meal Plan for a Week

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