Just hearing the phrase ‘meal planner’ can turn people off straight away.
When returning home from work, the last thing people want to engage in is a strict regiment where food is calculated and predicted.
Yet this activity doesn’t have to be hard and it doesn’t have to feel like a chore.
It all depends on what steps you take, what foods you use and what types of cheats and tricks you use to bypass many of the frustrating logistics.
Time to look at some easy tips to help you manage this process easier during the week.
Identify What Meals You Want To Eat
The first tip that anyone should follow when it comes to easy meal planning is to identify what meals you actually want to eat. If you force-feed yourself cuisine that just doesn’t do it for you, it is too easy to fall off the wagon. Pick some favourites, from tacos to pork chops or fish fingers and include them within the schedule.
One of the easiest ways to let a weekly meal planner slide off the scales is shopping across outlets and having to return every couple of days. If you are able to dedicate a Saturday or Sunday to one single shopping spree, all of the ingredients for the week can be sourced. The best practitioners will have their grocery list on hand and identify what they need for that time period. Shopping smart is half the battle.
Identify Signature Meals
Once you have collated anywhere between 10-20 meal ideas for the week that you would be happy to consume, it is worthwhile identifying what the signature meals will be. If the go-to option is sushi, pies and vegetables, steak, soup and spaghetti, use those choices as the centerpiece of the planner. It is always easier to compliment a dietary plan around some key options than having to craft a range of various cuisines like a restaurant would have to.
Striking a Healthy Balance
It only takes commonsense to understand that any diet requires a healthy balance, but this fact is particularly relevant for people living with specialty medical conditions. This will consist of: water, carbohydrates, protein, fibre, fat, vitamins and minerals. The essential guide is quite simple: 6-10 ounces of grain, 1 ½-2 cups of fruit and 3 ½ cups of vegetables per day, all without exceeding 3000 calories.
Make Preparation Steps Ahead of Time
Don’t feel boxed into undertaking the cooking exercise from scratch each and every evening. One of the best cheat tips is to have tupperware/containers ready to go and having fruits, vegetables and other ingredients already chopped, sorted and in position. This will expedite the cooking process on the night and avoid a great deal of the washing and wiping up.
Keep Freezer Space
There will be times when food is leftover. Rather than letting that go to waste, have freezer space ready and available. By investing in containers/tupperware, these portions can be reserved for other lunches and dinners to balance out the week.
Enjoy The Cheat Meal
Without feeling like you’re engaged in a military style regiment that is strict and offers no wiggle room, it is beneficial and necessary to use the cheat meal well. Amid all of the careful preparation, cooking and sorting across the Monday to Friday timetable, one of the weekend days should be dedicated to going all out on a cheat meal. From pizza to hamburgers or fish and chips – give yourself a day of rest to recharge the batteries and give the taste buds what they crave. This is necessary on a couple of levels, receiving some fats for a balanced diet and to alleviate the mental strain of sticking to a weekly planner.