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Years ago, meal planning was something that I never considered but now it is a necessity as far as I am concerned.
Meal planning can help in so many ways, including saving you money and time overall. It also helps you cut down on waste and can turn what becomes a boring dinner into a lovely feast!
People often say to me that they just don’t have the time to plan, well I’m here to tell you it doesn’t take that long and it will save you time – really! Below I have listed the reasons why I meal plan so hopefully it will give you an idea of what the benefits are.
Going grocery shopping without a list means wandering up and down the aisles trying to come up with recipes on the spot. Or you think you have all the ingredients to make that meal at home, only to find when you get there you’re missing an essential ingredient.
Well with meal planning you prepare your list in advance so you don’t have to wander aimlessly up and down those aisles being tempted by offers you don’t’ really need.
When you sit down to plan your weekly meals, it gives you time to consider adding in vegetables and thinking about the healthier options. For us, we like to ensure we use the vegetables at the start of the meal plan so you get them when they are at their best and the freshest. It also means you refrain from buying unhealthy snacks because you have your list in front of you!
There are times when I can’t for the life of me figure out any more inventive ways to include vegetables in our diet so taking time to plan and look at recipes is great.
Indeed, as I will talk about below, signing up to Hello Fresh is a great way of keeping your meals interesting.
Step 1: Do a little recipe research or sign up to Hello Fresh.
Step 2: Create a week-long meal plan – I’m offering you a free meal planner diary which you can download below.
Step 3: Make a shopping list from the meal plan AFTER looking in your fridge, freezer, and store cupboard.
Step 4: Go shopping and stick to your list
After all this you will find that it will have taken you less time than if you’d been wandering around those grocery aisles, plus you will have planned your meals for the week, saved yourself money and set yourself a healthy eating plan.
Happy Meal Planning.
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