“If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail.”
Once a week, I will be sharing a tip, trick, or some interesting information about meal planning. I believe meal planning is critical to any long term and effective healthy living or weight loss goals. For me it was the single thing that finally made permanent weight loss achievable. The quote stood true, when I failed to plan, I failed, and I don’t want that to happen to others.
Additionally, I believe that meal planning is a skill that takes time to master and we can all use some help! When I first started meal planning it took up countless hours pouring over recipes, calculating nutritional info and/or points, and creating elaborate calendars. It was painful. Anything I can do to ease that pain for someone else is a win-win in my book.
Finally, I hope by sharing meal planning strategies, it will help you find a system that works for you. Whether it’s using our meal plans, scratching one into your weekly planner, or creating your own meal planning system – I hope this feature inspires you to start planning at least a few meals every week. It will save you time, money, and it truly will help you reach your weight loss and healthy living goals. So with that, on to this week’s tip!
One of the most helpful things I do when meal planning is to always think about how to utilize leftovers to make future meals faster and easier. I like using leftovers both for lunches and dinners, as long as I can reimagine them so I don't feel like I am eating the same thing every day. It also helps with the budget since you can buy in bulk and limit the number of ingredients tou need to purchase.
With that in mind, here are some of my favorite ways to re-imagine leftovers and use them for future meals. What are your favorite ways to use leftovers?
Ready to use leftovers? Most of our suggested meal plans already include ways to utilize leftovers each week. In addition, our interactive meal plan gives you the ability to quickly add leftovers to your meal plan. Simply drag any recipe into the meal planner more than once and it will automatically add the extra servings you need for leftovers. It couldn't be easier!
Love the idea of meal planning but don’t want to do all the work? Since I know that many people simply don’t have the time to create their own healthy meal plans, we provide delicious and healthy meal plans at Slender Kitchen that you can customize to meet your needs.
Here are some highlights from this week’s healthy meal plans:
Each healthy weekly meal plan comes full of delicious recipes for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The meal plans come in regular, vegetarian, and low carb options. All feature complete nutritional information, Weight Watchers PointsPlus®, and categorized shopping lists! There are also two bonus fallback recipes weekly and the option for either a complete meal plan or a Dinner Only plan. All that for less the cost of one cup of coffee per month with the yearly plan.
Customizable weekly meal plans that include recipes for breakfast, lunch and dinner, nutritional information, shopping lists, and more...
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