It’s late afternoon on an extremely busy day. You are about to head home for the evening and suddenly find yourself wondering, “What the heck am I going to eat for dinner?”. You desperately rack your brain trying to remember what you have in your fridge, freezer and cupboards but can’t come up with any meal ideas.
“Forget it! I'm ordering pizza!” you decide.
I have one simple trick that will prevent this from happening to you ever again: meal planning. If the concept of meal planning makes you feel overwhelmed, you are not alone. But we're here to make it simple and fun. Here are 5 reasons why meal planning will change your life for the better:
1. Meal Planning Will Save You a Ton of Time
Ever feel like there is never enough time in the day? When you plan out your meals for the week, you can do your grocery shopping all in one shot instead of making multiple trips to the grocery store. Meal planning helps you determine exactly what you need, which will cut down on your shopping time. You also know exactly what you are making so you don’t waste time searching for ideas throughout the week.
2. Meal Planning Will Save You a Ton of Money and Reduce Food Waste
Have you ever walked into a grocery store with no plan? You might end up throwing a bunch of random stuff into your cart hoping for the best. But by the end of the week, many of your groceries are still in your fridge and starting to go bad.
Food waste is a huge issue right now. Half of all food produced worldwide is wasted. The average U.S. household throws out 474 lbs of food every year! That means 1 in 4 food purchases ends up in the garbage. Not only is this a huge waste of your hard earned money but it has a massive impact on our environment. Meal planning will help you organize a grocery list so that when you arrive at the store, you only purchase what you actually need, which will save you money and help reduce food waste.
3. Meal Planning Will Ensure You Eat Healthy
If you are looking to eat healthier, meal planning is a must. If you fail to plan, you plan to fail because eating healthy isn’t something that just happens on it’s own. It takes some extra work, but it is so worth it! When you take the time to plan out your meals and grocery shop you set yourself up for success.
4. Meal Planning Will Make You Feel Healthier and Happier
When you create a healthy meal plan, you eat healthy, you look healthy and you feel healthy. You’ll have more energy and feel happier. Three cheers for a healthier, happier you! Hip hip…
5. Meal Planning Helps You and Your Family Come Together and Develop Healthy Habits
Eating habits are learned behaviours. If you are a parent, what your children eat at home early in their lives will influence their eating habits forever. Meal planning will help you role-model healthy behaviours that your children will soak in. Incorporate colourful tools and ingredients in the kitchen and invite the kids to help with tasks like breaking the cauliflower into florets or tearing the lettuce into pieces. Children love eating what they have helped to make so try to get the whole family involved.
What is your favourite meal planning trick? Share all your secrets with us in the comments below!