I know what you’re thinking… the last thing on our mind right now in the midst of the busiest time of the year is meal planning!
But hear me out… let’s say (completely hypothetically of course) you were not to meal plan. What happens? You eat out more. You spend even more money. Your clothes feel a little snug. You feel like *poop emoji*. And your life becomes complete shambles. You know, that old number. Ugh been there, done that!
All joking aside, meal planning is more than just a “good thing to do”. Meal planning creates routine with your eating that’s essential to keeping your metabolism humming for optimal health. And it’s got some other pretty awesome perks too like saving money, stress, food waste and unplanned trips to the grocery store! But today I’m sharing my top tips to save your meal planning habits even when life gets busy beyond belief. Keep scrolling :)
1) DON'T DO ANYTHING NEW.
Let’s be honest… trying new recipes is fun and exciting, but it typically also takes up extra time and energy whenever we embark on something new. Bookmark, pin, and clip those recipes for later and stick to recipes you know like the back of your hand. Even if the original recipe isn’t so “healthy,” you can easily modify them with any of these simple substitutions.
2) GO FOR QUICK & CONVENIENT FOODS.
If you normally take on the vegetable chopping when cooking, save yourself the hassle and buy the pre-washed and pre-chopped produce available in grocery stores. You might also like bagged salads, spiralized veggies and rotisserie chicken. Everything doesn’t have to be 100% homemade to be healthful and delicious!
3) SIMPLIFY THE STEPS.
One pan or one pot meals are a god send as well as crockpot meals! Not having to dirty up too many dishes will help save your sanity this season. Check out our Pinterest page for easy ideas.
4) WRITE. IT. DOWN.
Don’t even try to kid yourself. You know that execution is much more likely to happen with anything when we write it down. Use this free printable to keep you accountable.
Now go forth and meal plan, friends! We’d love to know what you’re cooking up this time of year. Tell us in the comments below!