Meal planning is the best thing you can do if you intend to lose and maintain weight and it doesn’t have to be complicated! Planning meals ahead requires a small investment of time, but can reap great rewards in terms of health, time, energy and financial resources:
Meal planning saves money. Ever went to the market without a plan and a list? You would realise that you spend more because you go around second guessing what you want to cook. The result, you pick more than you need and tend to select unhealthy fast food. When you go grocery shopping with a well-planned list, you just grab what you need and go. Plus buying in bulk saves money right?
Meal planning saves time. Without a list you may end up forgetting one or two ingredients and have to make several trips back to the market. Planning your meals will stop uncalled for visits to the neighbors for a missing ingredient, it will save you the trouble of pulling your hair out in front of the freezer for something, anything to cook for dinner to calm those screaming kids.
Meal planning improves nutrition. Planning meals helps you think about what you will eat in advance and helps you make concious healthy choices to include complex carbs, lean proteins and healthy fats, increasing the family’s consumption of fruits and vegetables. Knowing what to serve each day–and having the ingredients already on hand–cuts back on the drive-through habit.
That’s why we’ve put together a few meal plans to help you lose weight for good, maintain your weight, save time and be happy because we are nice like that!
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Happy and healthy cooking xoxo