“If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail.”
Once a week, I am going to start 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!
Meal Planning Made Easy: Get the Family Involved!
Being in charge of the family’s meal and meal planning can be overwhelming. Not only are you looking for healthy recipes that fit your dietary needs, you are also try to please multiple people who likely all have different preferences. To take the some of the pressure off choosing meals – get the whole family involved!
Each week ask one or more family members to choose one or more of your weeknight meals. Depending on their age, and ability to choose something healthy, you may have them research recipes on their own or choose from a list of family favorites. This not only gets them involved but alleviates some of the pressure on you!
Then when it’s time for their meal, get them involved with meal prep. Have them help with chopping veggies, mixing, setting the table, or doing the dishes. Making meal time and meal planning an activity everyone participates in makes it more fun for everyone.
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.
Here are some highlights from this week’s healthy meal plans:
- Slow Cooker Shredded Beef Tacos
- Spinach Pesto Pasta
- Spinach Pesto Zucchini Noodles with Chicken (low carb plan)
- Zucchini, Corn, and Tomato Frittata
- Strawberry Quinoa Salad (vegetarian plan)
- Crispy Herb Crusted Pork Tenderloin
- Grilled Jalapeno Popper Chicken
- General Tso’s Chicken
- Grilled Jalapeno Popper Cauliflower (vegetarian plan)
- Open Faced Turkey Patty Melts
- Oat Banana Pancakes
- & more
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.