Meal Planning….it’s something that I don’t necessarily LOVE doing; but, it’s something that is a necessity, for me. I talk and teach about meal planning in my accountability groups because it has been such a strong factor in getting me and my family on track to a healthy lifestyle. It has also allowed me to free up time during the week, especially on the nights that we are busy with the kids activities. I will admit, it can be a tedious process but once you get in to the groove, it’s really not bad at all! And, it’s totally worth it! So, today I am going to share with you my tips on getting started with your plan…
–>The same goes with my meals. I am able to look at my week ahead and know when I will have the time to eat breakfast, lunch, dinner and also my two snacks throughout the day. If something comes up, if I get too busy and have to switch times, it’s not a big deal! BUT, having that plan in place provides me a structure and something that I can follow. If you have a consistent work schedule then you probably don’t have much control of your breakfast, snacks, and lunch time, which essentially may make things easier.
to have a ton of variety in foods throughout the week, I recommend
sticking to the same one or two breakfast / lunch / snacks throughout
the week and varying your dinners. By doing so you have less planning,
less prep, and it’s cheaper!
* Egg Muffins: I prep up to 8, which is 4 days worth.
*Overnight Oats can be prepped in mason jars.
* Chicken – you can grill a few chicken breasts to chop in to salads or have in wraps throughout the week.
* Veggies – chop veggies to have as snacks or for upcoming recipes
* Ground Turkey – like chicken, you can cook up some ground turkey to have in wraps, on salads, or in sandwiches
BONUS TIP: If you are able to prep snacks like fruits and veggies, keep the baggies or storage containers at eye level in the fridge. Don’t hide them away in the drawers at the bottom! That way, when you open the refrigerator it’s right there waiting for you with nothing else tempting in the way.
There you have it! Those are my meal planning tips that I follow pretty much every single weekend. Yes, it looks like a lot but once you get in to the habit it becomes second nature. Once I find a meal / snack that I like, it goes in my rotation list so that when I sit down to plan, I check that list out and pick what I want! They are foods that I know I like, that fill me up, and that have already been implemented in the past. The longer you meal plan the bigger your list will come. Trust me when I say, once you get in to this habit, on the weeks that you DON’T plan, you’ll see what difference it makes.
I encourage you to give this meal planning process a try. You can check out the Clean Eating recipes tab above for some of my favorite meals and snacks or hop on Pinterest for a plethora of recipes!
If you are interested in getting specific support and trying out one of my online accountability groups, feel free to fill out the application below! I am starting a new group on March 20th called March Meltdown. Throughout the group we will be focusing on meal planning, daily exercise and I will be providing you with tips, motivation, and accountability throughout the process.