How to Create Meal Plans for Complex Clients with Multiple Food Sensitivities

How to Create Meal Plans for Complex Clients with Multiple Food Sensitivities

“I feel like I can’t eat anything.”

There’s nothing more discouraging to a client than feeling like their nutrition plan takes all the enjoyment out of eating. As a nutrition professional, it’s your job to prove that eating healthy can be simple and fun so your clients can reach their goals with ease and become your raving fans.

The thing is, we hear from nutrition professionals all the time who don't even offer meal planning as a service because they think it's too time-consuming to be profitable.

Without the right tools, tracking down recipes for clients with sensitivities is a huge challenge. Scouring multiple websites or cookbooks to find recipes that are free from sensitivities and also meet their nutrient needs takes hours. Giving clients recipes from multiple sources with inconsistent formatting looks unprofessional. And worst-case scenario, you risk losing a client's trust if a recipe doesn't turn out or taste good.

Today we are going to walk you through how That Clean Life can help you quickly create beautiful, delicious meal plans for complex clients who have multiple food sensitivities. Using this process, you will only spend minutes on meal plan creation instead of hours.

Before you dive in, conduct a proper assessment to ensure you know your client's likes, dislikes, and the amount of time they can spend in the kitchen. Grab a free copy of our Meal Planning Assessment Tool to help you gather all the right information.

Step 1: Finding "Free From" Recipes

We've designed That Clean Life’s recipe filters specifically for nutrition professionals working with clients who have multiple sensitivities. Now, instead of searching Google or multiple websites, all recipes are in one place and can easily be filtered based on common sensitivities or specific ingredients that must be excluded.

From the Recipes page, click Filters and apply all tags relevant to your client. For a full list of the tags that you can use to filter recipes, click here.

If your client has a food allergy or sensitivity that is not included on our tags list, you can also indicate more ingredients to be excluded using the "Exclude ingredients" filter.

All of our recipes can be modified. So if you see a recipe in the database that contains ingredients your client cannot have, do not disregard it. Instead, modify the recipe and personalize it to their needs. For example, you could replace peanut butter with sunflower seed butter to make a recipe nut-free.

To learn how to modify recipes, click here.

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Tip: If you have created a unique set of filters that you may use again, be sure to bookmark it. This will save the filter settings so you can use it again in the future without having to re-enter everything again.

Step 2: Finding Nutritionally Appropriate Recipes

Recipes can also be filtered based on nutrient needs. For example, if you are working with a client who has multiple food sensitivities and also requires a low carbohydrate diet, you can set a maximum carbohydrate content for recipes.


See all of the nutrient parameters you can set, including macros, vitamins and minerals, here.

On the Planner page, you can view the nutrition totals for the full day, including both macronutrient and micronutrient content. This way, you can ensure your client is meeting nutrition needs even if they are on a very limited diet.

If you prefer to view daily nutrition information as a breakdown of macronutrient percentages, simply click the pie icon to the left of your daily nutrient totals.

Step 3: Export Beautifully Formatted, Custom Branded Recipes

All of the recipes in That Clean Life are written using the same format and have been developed, tested and photographed by our incredibly talented in-house recipe development team. This way, you’re able to feel confident in the quality of the recipes clients will be receiving.

All of your meal plans and recipes will be exported with your logo, business colors, and contact information so they look professional.

And that's it! Providing professional, visually appealing resources can make a big difference in terms of how motivated and successful your clients are, which will have a positive impact on the success of your business. In three simple steps, you can create delicious, enjoyable meal plans and recipe books for any client, no matter how restrictive their diet is.

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