There is NO WAY I would be able to stick to a healthy diet if I didn't plan out my meals on a regular basis. So, if you haven't created a meal plan for yourself this week - you can start today with these tips...
How to plan your meals like a Food Babe:
- Take a quick tour of your fridge, freezer, and pantry. Write down the ingredients you already have that you can use for meals next week. This can be a huge money saver and prevents food waste!
- Keep a list of your go-to favorite family recipes. That way you can keep a couple of these in the rotation every week. When you make a new recipe that everyone loves, don't forget to add it to the list!
- Don't try to plan everything. If you are new to meal planning, just start with one meal a week. As a goal, you'll want to write out your plan with no more than 5 dinners each week. Leave room in your schedule for nights when you just eat leftovers or fend for yourselves with what you have on hand. It's inevitable that there will be a couple nights that you won't feel like cooking, so take the pressure off yourself! I
- Stick to the seasons. It's less expensive and healthier to plan your meals with seasonal ingredients.
- Keep holidays, special events, and the weather in mind. The kids have a basketball game after school on Tuesday? Plan to make something quick & easy that night or use a meal that you have stored in the freezer or make a double portion on Monday night to eat for leftovers the next day. If there is snow in the forecast on Thursday, that would be a great night to plan on a hearty soup or stew.
- Be flexible. If you are too tired to cook one night, simply move that recipe to the next night. No one is perfect and you shouldn't expect to be!
- Store your recipes in a handy place. Use websites like Pinterest, a recipe app, a handwritten notebook, Google calendar, or whatever works best for you.
- Use the same ingredients in multiple recipes. For instance, buy a whole chicken that you can use to make two meals with shredded chicken (and you can make homemade broth too!) This is another big money and time saver!
- Write your shopping list at the same time you schedule your recipes. With your recipes in front of you, make sure to write a detailed shopping list so that you don't forget to pick up everything you need.
- Don't be afraid to repeat. If you have a meal plan that worked amazing for you one week, save it and do the same meal plan in the regular rotation, such as every other week.
- Have weekly theme nights. Pick different types of meals that your family loves and assign each one a day. For instance, Sunday can be soup night, Tuesday can be taco night, and Thursday can be veggie stir-fry night. Then all you need to do is pick which soup (or taco, or stir-fry) recipe you want to include in your meal plan each week.
- Get your family involved. Ask them what their favorite meals are or ask them to flip through some recipes and pick out what they like. Do this with the little ones in your household too! They may surprise you and add some fun and unique meals that you'd never choose on your own.
If this seems overwhelming or if you need guidance to keep you accountable, I can do the meal planning for you in the Food Babe Eating Guide Program.
I created this for all of us to have an easier time deciding what to buy and cook each month without getting bored of the same old dishes! Living in this crazy food world actually can be simple. Here are all the details + bonuses: http://foodbabe.com/eat
As a reminder, I'm giving the Real Food Slow Cooker Guide with over 50 recipes along with the Healthy Holiday Survival Guide as FREE BONUSES (a $59.98 value) to everyone who joins with an annual Food Babe Eating Guide membership by tomorrow Monday, November 7th.
It's time to stop outsourcing your food to the processed food and restaurant industries - and gain control of what you are putting into your body on a regular basis. This is truly going to transform your health!
If you have any loved ones who could use this information, please forward this email to them and ask them to subscribe to the Food Babe newsletter here for tons of free health information.
If you would like to stop receiving free food investigations, recipes and healthy living tips, you can update your preferences here.