Tips for planning healthy meals.
If the thought of planning meals, not to mention healthy meals, fills your heart with dread, this article is for you. Planning ahead for healthy meals doesn’t have to be a mission, all it takes is having the right ingredients available and a bit of time preparing food for the week to come. Below you will find a couple of tips on how to plan healthy meals – without the hassle.
Plan the week ahead
When planning healthy meals, it is vital to see what your week ahead holds. Will you be working late to meet a deadline? Perhaps you have an event that will keep you busy until late? Busier days are what lead to people choosing quick, and usually unhealthy, meals. This is why you need to see what activities your week ahead will hold in order to make provisions.
Create a calendar
Make sure you write out (or type out, whatever you like) the meals you plan to make for the week. Label your meals according to the days of the week and make sure you include days when you plan to eat out. If you struggle with eating healthy at particular times of the day, such as at lunch, consider making a meal plan for your lunches for the week ahead as well. It is much easier to stick with your meals for the week when you have them organised.
Plan for leftovers
Plan on cooking larger portions earlier in the week so that you can put away some for leftovers. Another alternative could be choosing quick no-cook meals such as wraps or salads, another healthy alternative to fast food.
Make a grocery list
It’s important to create a grocery list before going to the store, as it will save you having to make more trips if you forget something. Mapping out an in-depth grocery list will save you not just time, but money as well. Firstly, make sure to check what you already have at home. Are there any staples you need to restock? Next, look at your recipes and decide what ingredients you will need to get. Also, add in a few healthy snacks to get from the shop so that you have at home along with your regular staples such as milk, coffee, or bread. However, the majority of your list should be made up of whole, unprocessed foods like fruits, vegetables, beans, grains and nuts.
Prepare all at once
After you arrive home from the grocery store and are putting everything away, use this time to prepare your food for the week ahead. Chop any vegetables you may need in the week, cook up extra chicken if you plan on having chicken in the week so that you have enough for salads, wraps, or sandwiches later on. Doing this will save you time later in the week and motivate you to stick with your healthy diet.
Keep searching for new recipes
The same meals over and over can become quite dull. Rather, browse blogs and websites for recipes that look exciting, healthy, and most of all delicious. Get inspired to keep your meals fun. Hang out on Tasteologie, keep a book full of recipes, do whatever you want, just make sure you stay inspired!
We hope the tips we have just given you will keep you motivated, inspired, and keeping on the road to wellness in a fun and exciting way as a member of the Yoxa Health Tribe!