“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: Plan Around Proteins
Creating an entire meal plan from scratch every week can take a lot of time. Not only do you have to build your grocery list and find healthy recipes, you also have to make sure that there is variety in your plan. No one wants to eat chicken breast five nights a week. To make meal planning easier, start by planning out your proteins.
Here’s how it works. Think about the proteins that your family likes to eat and then pencil those in for each weeknight. For example, plan on having chicken breast Monday, pork on Tuesday, ground turkey or beef on Wednesday, chicken thighs on Thursday, seafood on Friday, and going meatless on Saturday. From there, it’s easier to find recipes (or pull your favorites) for each protein. This not only guarantees some variety, it also greatly reduces the time it takes to build out your plan. Starting with a protein in mind is much more efficient than blindly searching for dinner recipes.
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 Pork
- One Pot Spinach Artichoke Pasta
- Grilled Cilantro Lime Chicken
- Zucchini Chocolate Chip Pancakes
- Butternut Squash and Spinach Egg Muffins
- Teriyaki Steak Tips
- Asian Pork Tacos
- Honey Mustard Salmon
- Grilled Chicken and Avocado Sandwiches
- Orzo, Kale, and Goat Cheese Salad (vegetarian plan)
- Hawaiian Flatbread Pizzas
- & 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.