What is Meal Planning?
Meal planning is the process of sitting down once a week or once a month and planning out your meals ahead of time for a set period of time. It involves deciding which meals to eat and when, creating a grocery list, keeping track of the plan, and following the plan.
Taking just a few minutes to plan your meals for the week results in huge benefits for you and your family!
Benefits of Meal Planning
- Meal planning can save you valuable time in your busy schedule. By taking the time to plan your meals in advance, you can avoid the last-minute scramble to figure out what to cook each day. Instead, you can have a clear plan for the week, with meals and ingredients ready to go.
- Save time on grocery shopping trips, as you can buy all the ingredients you need in one trip, reducing the need for last-minute grocery trips,
- Save time in the kitchen, as you can prep ingredients or even entire meals in advance.
- Less Impulse Buying: By planning your meals in advance, you can make a grocery list based on the ingredients you need and avoid unnecessary impulse purchases.
- Less Eating Out: When you have a meal plan with the ingredients already at home or the meal already prepped and ready to go, you’re less likely to order takeout or eat out, which can be more expensive.
- Bulk Buying: You can save money by buying ingredients in bulk and planning meals around those ingredients. For example, buying a large pack of chicken breasts and planning to use them in several meals throughout the week can be more cost-effective than buying smaller packs of chicken for each meal.
- Sales and Discounts: When you plan your meals ahead of time, you can keep an eye out for sales and discounts on the ingredients you need. This can help you save money on groceries and help reduce food waste.
Reduces your stress
- Removes the decision-making process: Meal planning takes away the daily stress of deciding what to eat for each meal. When you have a plan in place, you don’t have to think about what to cook or eat, which can be a relief for many people.
- Saves time: Planning your meals in advance saves you time during the week. You won’t have to spend time thinking about what to cook, running to the grocery store, or preparing meals on the fly. This can help you feel more in control of your time and reduce stress associated with feeling rushed or overwhelmed.
- Helps you eat healthier: Meal planning can help you make healthier choices by ensuring that you have a variety of nutritious foods in your diet. When you plan your meals ahead of time, you’re less likely to rely on fast food or convenience foods.
- Reduces food waste: When you have a meal plan, you’re less likely to buy excess food that could go to waste. This can help you feel more organized and less stressed about the amount of food in your pantry or refrigerator.
How to Meal Plan
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