So in an effort to eat clean and save a few extra bucks throughout the week, I have made the choice to begin meal planning. What I didn’t realize was that it is time consuming and really hard to stick to when the coworkers ask you to go to lunch and the roommates are constantly cooking yummy food…that you can’t have!
So here are some tips on meal planning to help keep my mind focused and my tummy happy!
1. Search for recipes
Searching for recipes can be very time consuming. Set aside at least 30 minutes a week to find new recipes to cook for the week. This also helps when creating a shopping list.
2. Start a calendar
Having a calendar to follow throughout the week will help keep you on track. When I have each meal planned and put into a calendar it saves me time trying to think about what to cook and eliminates the chance of choosing something unhealthy.
3. Make a shopping list
Making a shopping list is crucial to meal planning. Start making your shopping list when choosing recipes for the week. This will help you stay focused when in the grocery store so that you do not buy items that are not needed and unhealthy.
4. Plan for leftovers
Leftovers are a great way save a little extra money and provide a few extra snacks when you get hungry.
Do you have any other tips that have worked for you to stay on track throughout the week?
Happy Meal Planning!