How Meal Planning can help you get Healthy & Save Money

After a long day, coming home and thinking of what to throw together to create a delicious meal can feel like a daunting task. We often push cooking and eating healthily to the bottom of the priority list.

This is where meal planning comes into the equation. It is one of the best and easiest things you can do, regardless of your circumstances.

Whether you’re cooking for just yourself, your partner or perhaps your entire family, meal planning has a multitude of benefits. It will save you time, effort and money. What’s more, it will really help you stick to healthy eating goals. You’re not as likely to reach for less nutritious options once you have a set plan in place.

There are no rules when it comes to meal planning. It is a very personal thing, what works for one person might not work for another. The most important thing is that it’s effective and as enjoyable and stress-free as possible!

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Getting Started:

Download and print my Weekly Meal Planner so you can write out your meals and stick it on your fridge. This will help you stick with the plan.

It’s always a good idea to compile a shopping list and head out to the grocery store on a Sunday. This way you are sure to kick-start your week off in a positive way, with a fully-stocked kitchen and a clear plan for what you’ll eat throughout the week. This will help put your mind at ease and will ensure you keep on track with your healthy eating goals. It might seem like a lot of effort at the time, but after a few weeks of deciding what you want to eat, jotting down the ingredients and heading out to buy them, it will soon become a habit and will require minimal thought or effort. This method will also reduce the temptation to make impulse purchases in store.

Before long you’ll be able to identify a few ‘go-to’ meals, snacks or ingredients which are likely to feature on your plan every week. Examples might include, boiled eggs, veggie crudités and hummus, cooked quinoa, a bag of coleslaw mix, to name a few. When you have a few of these staples prepped it minimises the likelihood of getting stressed in the kitchen! I also find it helpful to roast a large batch of vegetables which can be incorporated in various meals throughout the week. Once you’ve established what these staples are, you’ll find it really easy to experiment with new recipes. This adds a bit of variety to your weekly menu!

So why not give meal planning a shot? It might require a little extra time and creativity but it doesn’t have to be difficult and it’s completely worth it. For ideas of some simple and nutritious meals and snacks, take a look at some of the recipes linked below:

Meatballs with Vegetable Ribbons

Low FODMAP Quinoa Salad

Banana Nut Cookies

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