As a nutrition professional, it’s important to stay one step ahead of your clients, anticipate their needs, and provide them with the tools they need to overcome any obstacles and meet their health goals. This may include providing them with customized meal plans or recipe books.
A customized recipe book can provide so much value for your clients whether they are following an elimination diet, trying to go plant-based, or dealing with a food allergy. Instead of your client feeling overwhelmed and wondering what to eat, a customized recipe book can provide them with inspiration to make their diet simple and fun.
A great recipe book should include curated recipes that are perfect for your client, but also an introduction that explains to your client how to use this resource and any other information they need to succeed.
Tip: Use That Clean Life's Brief feature to add personal notes or instructions to the beginning of any recipe book or meal plan.
Introducing Your Client to Their Recipe Book
When writing the introduction to your recipe book, we recommend including the following information:
- A personalized welcome note from you, the nutrition professional.
- A description of how to use the recipe book.
- Tips on how to follow the recipes.
- A note on using leftovers.
Plus anything else your client may find helpful.
We know that you are busy and writing an introduction for every single recipe book you provide is not an option. That is why we have written two awesome recipe book introduction templates for you that you can customize as needed.
Recipe Book Introduction Template #1
This first template can be used when you are giving a client a recipe book to use as inspiration for their weekly meals, with no set schedule or meal planning guidance.
Hi [Insert client's name]
Welcome to your personal recipe book! On the next pages, you will find a collection of delicious recipes I have put together just for you. These recipes will keep you inspired and help you eat more nutrient-dense foods.
How to Use This Recipe Book
All of these recipes have been selected based on your needs, but you don't need to make them all at once. Start by adding a couple of new recipes from this book into your regular meal rotation. If you like to write out your own weekly meal plan to stay organized, you can print a blank meal plan template here.
On each recipe, you'll see the total time, the number of servings, ingredients, and directions. Before you start, check the ingredients list to see if anything needs to be prepped in advance, like dicing vegetables. It's also helpful to read through the directions before you start cooking so you have an idea of what's coming up before you dive in.
Cook once, eat multiple times! Most leftovers can last about three days in the fridge, so maximize your time in the kitchen. Make enough dinner to take for lunch the next day or double a recipe to last for a few days. This is a great habit that will save you time and money.
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Again, be sure to customize this template for your client. Include any additional information you think they may find helpful, and end with a call to action that tells your client what to do next, whether that is to book their next appointment or how they can contact you with questions.
Tip: Use the Recipe Book Introduction Snippet within That Clean Life to apply this template to your brief with just one click.
Recipe Book Introduction Template #2
This second template can be used when you are giving a client a recipe book to use as a guide to do their own meal planning. It provides step by step instructions of how to download a blank meal planning template, how to fill it in using the recipe book and more.
Remember, you can use the Meal Planning Guide Introduction Snippet within That Clean Life to apply this template to your brief with just one click.
Welcome to your meal planning guide! Taking the time to plan your meals can have such a positive impact on your health. This guide will teach you how to create delicious meal plans for yourself. Here is how to use it:
Download a blank weekly meal planning template here.
Look at the recipes in this guide and begin to fill in the weekly template by outlining what you will eat for your desired meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks). Don't be afraid to cook a big batch of a recipe and add it to your plan multiple times throughout the week. Enjoying leftovers is a big time-saver!
Once your meal plan is complete, create a grocery list. Refer back to the recipes you have added to your plan and write down the ingredients you will need to make them. Remember to check the recipe serving size and scale the quantities of the ingredients up or down depending on how many servings you need.
Once you have done your shopping, you may want to do some meal prep. Look at the recipes you have chosen and see what can be prepped in advance. Perhaps you can dice vegetables or even make an entire recipe to save yourself time later on in the week.
You are all set to follow your meal plan for the week! Check your plan every morning and night, so you know what is coming up next and can stay organized.
Meal planning is a skill that gets easier over time. Reach out to me any time with your meal planning questions.
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