A Meal Plan & A Of My Few Favorite Recipes
With the launch of The Nutrition Planner this week, I thought I would share a few of my favorite meals that work perfectly for meal planning & prepping. I started being really conscious of my eating and nutrition a little over a year ago and surprisingly, i'm doing better than I thought I would. I do have to say, I think the reason I'm doing as good as I am is because I've found alternatives to common foods as well as new recipes that I absolutely love, which makes sticking to a meal plan really easy. Of course, I'm not perfect. I do slip up from time to time and have some chips (because they are my weakness), but with a well thought out meal plan, it's always easy to get back on track. Keep in mind, I'm by no means an expert on nutrition. I'm just someone who is trying to make health and nutrition a part of my lifestyle. This list is a good start to eating better. So, let's get into it!
My Husband and I have made efforts to plan out our meals every Sunday for quite a while now. It helps us to stick to our health and nutrition goals because by having a plan in place, we're less likely to slip up and make unhealthy choices. As well, it allows us to stick to a budget when it comes to grocery shopping. Without a meal plan, your grocery bill can sky rocket. We know what's on our list, and for the most part, we stick to it.
STEPS + TIPS
1. Take a look through your fridge, freezer, and cupboards and write down anything you feel you need to make a point to use up, either because it's almost empty or is going to go bad soon.
2. Then, pick your proteins. To cut down on cost, I recommend picking 2 to 3 types of protein (even better if they're on sale) for the week and make a lot of it on your meal prep day to save on time. We'll make a bunch of chicken in the oven or bbq and have it ready to go for whatever recipes we need.
3. Once you've decided on your protein, consult your meals list and choose recipes. Sort your meals in the order for the week.
4. To make things a little easier on yourself, balance out your meal plan with some options that require little to no prep at all (eg. yogurt & granola, soup, mezze platters, salads, etc.)
5. With your meals decided, write out your grocery list and get shopping!
6. Designate one day (we prefer Sunday afternoons) to make and prep whatever you need to.
7. Don't be afraid to make lots! You can always store your leftovers in the freezer and carry these over into next weeks meal plan.
MEAL PREP DAY
So, once I'm all organized and I have all of my meals written out and the groceries are bought, it's time to get into the kitchen. Depending on the kind of week we have, I won't necessarily meal prep absolutely everything. We both really enjoy cooking and, let's face it, sometimes fresh meals are just better than leftovers. Sometimes, we just prep ingredients (eg. chop veggies, cook large batches of quinoa and proteins) so that each recipe is as quick and simple as possible.