It’s inevitable. As soon as you make a New Year’s resolution to eat healthier, your schedule gets even crazier than usual and it seems as if your only two options are to starve to death or eat takeout. Fortunately, there’s a third option: weekly meal planning. It only takes about 30 minutes each week to make a menu using our ultimate guide.
Count how many recipes you need.
Look at your schedule to see how many meals and snacks you and other members of your household need to make it through the week. Breakfast? Lunch? Brunch? Dinner? You may be able to get more than one meal out of a single recipe by taking leftovers to work for lunch, etc.
Determine how much time you have to cook.
Just because you’ll be working late one evening, doesn’t mean you don’t have time to cook. Make-ahead meals like slow cooker recipes are ideal for hectic days. You can also prep and chop certain ingredients the same day you do your grocery shopping to make cooking on weeknights easier.
Consider the season and the weather.
Planning a warm meal on a cold day makes eating at home more enticing. Knowing what you are going to be in the mood for also makes quicker work of selecting recipes. Plus, planning meals using seasonal ingredients will keep your grocery budget in check.
Use an app.
You could get out a sheet of paper and manually map out all this information and then create a shopping list, but using an app like MealPlan expedites the process. Simply drag and drop meals or recipes and it automatically generates a grocery list for you. After using the app for a few weeks, it learns your preferences and can help you fill out future meal plans.
Sticking to a healthy diet is as simple as planning out your meals each week. Using this guide, you can eat better and make your New Year’s resolution a part of your regular lifestyle.