I started meal planning after I had my second kid. It was so much work to take two kids under the age of two, to the grocery store I could only find the energy once a week. So, I started Meal Planning.
Besides saving multiple trips to the store, meal planning saves time, money, and increases the chances you will make healthy choices around meal time. Meal Planning and Meal Prepping usually go hand in hand, but that doesn’t always need to be the case.
Failing to Plan, is Planning to Fail
If you think you don’t have time to meal prep check out my E-book 10 Minute Meal Prep (10 low-carb recipes that can be prepped in 10 minutes). The recipes are low-carb and keto friendly, but really anyone could enjoy them, hell add some rice to the mix if you feel like it. I’m sure you can find 10 minutes to meal prep sometime during the week.
Meal Planning, like everything, it takes some practice to get the hang of. Every week you will get better and better and it will take less and less time.
When you use the Meal Plan Template, share it on Instagram and tag me. I would love to see it!
I know this sounds stupid, but it is an important step. For most people, this will be Saturday or Sunday, but it needs to fit in your schedule.
Your meals need to fit into your schedule. Be honest about which days you will have time to cook and which days you need leftovers. Pick meals that fit into your schedule.
Are you the type of person that needs to plan breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks? Do you just want to start with planning your dinners? Most weeks I only plan 4 different dinners. I plan on leftovers other nights, and something usually comes up (i.e. going out to dinner with friends or unexpected dinner inspiration)
Now just pick your meals
Now that you know what meals you are making, create a comprehensive shopping list.
I try to have cabbage and fish at least once a week, and bone broth/gelatin AT LEAST 2 times a week. To help me to remember, there a little place on my meal planning worksheet that reminds me of this. Once you feel like you have meal planning under control, I recommend setting your own weekly quotas/goals.
Hope this helps. Let me know if you have any questions.