Especially after a long holiday weekend, I’m sure I’m not alone in feeling like I need to focus on being healthy after a long weekend of caving in and indulging a little extra. Aside from pumping up the exercise, I like to meal plan. Now, we always hear people talking about their meal prepping but, I think there’s one step that comes before prepping and nobody talks about it. You got it folks, I’m here to give all my tips and tricks on meal planning and grocery shopping. I gave a little glimpse on how we plan here; however, I thought since I am sitting down planning a healthy week of meals for my family, I should share the whole shebang.
Call me a nerd, but, I like to open up an excel spreadsheet and plan all three meals for seven full days. I also plan additional lunches for Hudson, but that’s another post in itself… So, stay tuned for that one.
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Once I’ve completed our meal plan for the week, I print out a copy of the spreadsheet and hang it up in the kitchen. Doing this makes it a lot easier for me to stick to the meals I’ve planned and always have the main portion of the meal out of the freezer, ready to be prepared. It also leaves less room for cheating or throwing together something quick, that is bound to be unhealthy.
Finally, I’ll scour the pantry, fridge, & freezer while going through our meal plan to see what we actually need and then make our shopping list accordingly. Ok, call me an even bigger nerd, but I make my shopping list in order of the sections at the grocery store. Trust me though, nerd or not, it makes grocery shopping so much faster and I rarely find myself walking back and forth across the store trying to find this or that.
That’s it, why meal planning is important and how grocery shopping doesn’t have to be a daunting chore.
ps – I included a blank PDF which you can use to fill out your weekly meal planning.