Do you meal plan? Not necessarily meal prep, but meal plan?
What is the difference you ask?
When you are meal prepping, it may involve cutting up vegetables or fruit for your meals for your week; cooking your protein ahead; preparing sauces; putting together meals to pull out and re-heat; or putting meals in containers for easy grab and go access.
Meal planning is less time consuming, but super helpful! It is also a good first step to move towards meal prep. 😉
I find that meal prepping has so many advantages!
Saves You Time
When you have a busy week, you already know what you’re having. Instead of standing in front of the fridge or freezer, wondering what you will make for lunch or dinner, you already know!
Saves You Money
More often than not, if you are planning your meals for the week, you will only have to buy what you need to prepare the meals you planned. So instead of grazing the grocery store aisles, putting items in your cart that you may make that week, you’ll know that the items you are buying will get used. It also helps prevent fresh produce from going unused and end up going bad since you didn’t eat it like you thought you might have.
Keeps Your Healthy Eating on Track
If you can take a little time each week and plan your meals, you can choose healthier options. Once you’ve bought the groceries, you are all set. Knowing what you will eat each day, makes it easier to stay on track as you don’t have to play the “what to make” game, and maybe opt for quicker, less healthy meals!
You Can Try New Recipes
Add one or two new recipes in each week! It’s a great way to try new foods and gather new recipes to add to your collection!
A good plan is to do your meal planning on a Friday night. If you have a whiteboard and erasable marker, you can use that to write down what you’ll be having for the next week. Grab your recipe books or go to your fave recipe sites, and add them to the days of the week. While you go, add any groceries items to your list that you’ll need. Then on the weekend, you can get your groceries for the week!
It doesn’t have to be a Friday night, but the day or night before you go grocery shopping is always a good idea!
I’d love to know, do you meal plan? What do you like about it? Let me know in the comments below!