Meal Planning Made Easy
By: Laura Kelly-Pifer
For some folks, meal planning is intimidating. Some of you may be thinking that it takes hours and I’m here to tell you that it doesn’t. I also save money by planning. And I think that most of you would agree, that when you plan your meals, you’re less tempted to indulge in unhealthy stuff. Today, I want to share with you a few, simple tips that will make meal planning easier for you.
- Grab a flyer. I usually sit down at the beginning of the week, over a cup of coffee and check out the sales. Most stores publish a weekly sales flyer with everything listed and some of the larger stores now have their sales listed online. This gives me an idea on what meats as well as produce I will buy. By looking ahead, I typically only go shopping once a week unless we run out of milk or one of the other staples we keep on hand. And, because I’m planning ahead, I’m saving money and time.
- Print out the weekly meal planning worksheet. Get your copy here.
- Grab your nutrition guide. If you’re following a workout program, most of them come with a nutrition guide that contains both meals and recipes. If yours didn’t, be sure to check out my facebook page as I post many there. I also utilize a variety of fitness magazines, cookbooks, ask my family for what they’re hungry for and access to my favorite Meal planner for inspiration.
- Cross out meals you won’t be making. Headed out for dinner with friends? Go ahead and cross out any meals that you won’t be making.
- Start with the hardest meal first. Dinner is always the hardest meal in my home because everyone eats the same meal. Once I have it in place, I can than fill in the rest of the blanks.
- Can you make two meals in one night? I like extras and so do Bob and the girls. For example, we will have grilled chicken, steamed veggies and rice one night and I’ll make extra grilled chicken that we will use for tacos, salads or white chicken chili. I like to stick with easy meals so I’m not spending as much time in the kitchen.
- Make a grocery list. After you have your meals planned, determine what you need. You can then take this to the store and when you stick to it, you’ll notice a difference in not only your budget but your waistline.
You’re now armed to meal plan for the week, the month or more. I have faith that you can do it!
Laura Kelly-Pifer is a Fitness Coach who strives to help others by giving hope and support to those that are dissatisfied with their current situation. Whether you are lacking physically, emotionally, financially, or nutritionally she is here to help you see REAL RESULTS!