“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: Start Small
I often get asked by friends and family what is the best way to start meal planning, and for good reason, it’s hard! Not only can it can feel overwhelming to actually put together a meal plan, it can feel equally overwhelming to think about beginning to follow one. So what’s the best way to start?
In my opinion, the most important thing is to start small. Plan out one dinner each week that can be reused for at least 3 of your lunches. For example, make this Slow Cooker Carnitas on Sunday for dinner. Then use the leftovers for lunch three times that week. One day you can make a burrito bowl, make a taco salad one day, and make a pulled pork wrap the final day with a low carb wrap, some BBQ sauce, and some veggies. In addition, plan for one more dinner that week and three breakfasts. Without too much effort, you have now have a meal plan for 2 dinners, 3 lunches, and 3 breakfasts. Start with that for a few weeks and then continue to add on!
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 Curried Chicken and Vegetables with Cauliflower Rice
- Carrot and Cheddar Mac & Cheese
- Spaghetti Squash and Broccoli Alfredo (low carb plan)
- Grilled Margarita Chicken with Cilantro Lime Quinoa and Black Beans
- Honey Sesame Pork Tenderloin
- Mexican Quinoa Skillet (vegetarian plan)
- Dill Salmon Burgers
- Mini Salsa Meatloaves
- Overnight Chai Steel Cut Oats
- Skinny Pina Colada Smoothies
- Greek Veggie Burgers with Tzatziki (vegetarian plan)
- & 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.