Although it may seem like meal planning is reserved for those with specific diet and health goals in mind, in reality, meal planning can benefit everyone. Not only does it help you stay on track with your diet, but it can promote healthy habits and can save time and money. When you prep meals ahead of time, you eliminate wondering what to cook for dinner and are less likely to order takeout.
Whether you’re a seasoned vet or a newcomer when it comes to meal prepping, here are a few tips to help you with meal planning.
- Make sure you are creating a balanced meal.
Remember to include a bit of everything, like protein, whole grains, fruits and vegetables, when you can. Create a balanced meal by keeping it colorful and nutritious. For example, quinoa and eggs are both great sources of protein and rather versatile. In addition, eggs help you better absorb the nutrients in vegetables.
- Prep your meals in batches.
Take time to plan all your choice out. To keep it exciting, prep large quantities of individual foods (that are also versatile) so that you can change up your meals throughout the week. This is especially helpful for those with limited cooking time on weeknights. For example, you can prep a large batch of brown rice or faro, a tray of roasted vegetables, and proteins, then toss them together to create salads, stir-fries, or bowls throughout the week.
- Elevate your meal with simple and delicious additions.
Most of us crave a little variety so with each meal, to make it feel different and new, you can add things like crumbled feta or fresh herbs. You may even consider preparing the meal in a new way, such as building a wrap instead of a bowl.
- Find your favorite recipes and stick with them.
Once you’ve found something that works with your meal prep, stick with it and build from it. If it’s food you like to prep and eat, you are more likely to stick to your meal plan.
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