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Basics of Developing a Meal Planning Habit


So Much to Do and So Little Time

Despite modern conveniences, we seem to have less time on our hands for all the important things in life. Having nutritious, wholesome meals are important for our well-being and shouldn’t be sacrificed for a busy lifestyle. The increasing awareness and need to achieve good health via wholesome meals are giving rise to meal planning and preparation popularity.

Meal planning is the concept of putting together a schedule of individual dishes for some time, usually weekly, to deliver appetizing, nutritious meals. On the other hand, meal preparation is about preparing pre-planned meals or individual dishes, to some extent, ahead of schedule.

Shopping for your products and produce when planning your weekly meal plan can take up time, to make the process simpler some suppliers can deliver meal boxes to your doorstep based on your meal plan requirements. With the headache of grocery shopping taken out of the equation, you can focus on turning out the best meals.

The first step to developing a successful meal plan for the family is to use the objectives of meal planning which are to save time, money and effort when serving wholesome meals, to serve you as a guide.

Don’t Overthink, Use Common Sense

When developing a meal plan, one of the pitfalls is to overthink and analyse everything from grocery shopping to storage. If you have been cooking for yourself or your family for a while you already know what kind of meals to turn out. With a plan, you are focused on your purchases, reducing food wastage and spending.   

Nutritional Needs and Food Preferences

It’s important not to sacrifice the nutritional quality of the meals you plan and the individual nutritional needs of your family members. Give thought to food preferences to make meal times enjoyable for everyone you are cooking for.

Food Groups Based on Family Requirements

Pay attention to incorporating the various food groups into your plan based on the needs of your family members. Is there a member that requires more protein each day? Is someone deficient in a certain micro or macronutrient that you need to include? What about the elderly who require easy-to-digest meals?

Work Out a System

Organise yourself in a way that allows you to be efficient. Organise your kitchen, pantry and refrigerator so you don’t waste time looking for things. knowing what you have on hand and where to find your cooking equipment when you need them saves time.

Organise Your Pantry

Have a well-stocked and organised pantry with your staples, canned items and spices ready for you. Replenish when running low on stocks rather than waiting till it’s over.

Invest in Containers

Storage is one of the most important steps in meal planning.  think through appropriate materials and sizes when building your stash.

Make Time Regularly

Set aside time weekly to plan your meals and your grocery shopping for the week ahead and do it regularly till it becomes a habit.

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