“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 thing that makes meal planning infinitely easier is assessing your weekly routine to understand exactly what you need that week. Start by taking notes of any meals that you will not be eating at home that week and make sure to eliminate those meals for the week. (In the interactive meal planner on Slender Kitchen, you can do this by simply deleting the meal.) Once you know exactly which meals you need, think about how busy each day will be and plan on make ahead, slow cooker, or quick meals for those days. For example, if Wednesdays are always crazy busy, plan on a meal that you can make ahead on Sunday and just heat up Wednesday. Lastly, make sure to note any changes to the amount of servings you will need. Do you have anyone coming to dinner this week or will anyone be missing? Make sure to adjust the servings to reflect those changes. ( You can do this in your Settings in the interactive meal planner to automatically add or subtract servings.)
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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