How To Meal Plan For Beginners
Whether your a busy mom or dad or university student or you’re simply looking to eat healthier, meal planning can be a huge God sent. It helps you save time and it helps you save money and it also helps you eat healthier every single day. In this video we’re going to look at a one-week meal plan and we have a free downloadable PDF right after this. Okay to get started, go to the links below print out the free PDF and let’s get started. Once you have your PDF printed out, get yourself a block of posts its and a sharpie. Post-its are going to help us with life’s little complications and they’re going to help keep us organized. The first step is to write down what you would like to eat for breakfast, lunch and dinner on the posts its you can also include snacks. Now place the post-its in their corresponding places. You’ll see below the posts you can add notes. Notes can be things like what you need to buy for the recipe macro-nutrient information or the calories in the meal. You can use different colored post-its to show the meals you have frozen and ready to go and the meals that you still have to cook this shows you at a glance what days you’ll be cooking and what days you won’t be. A great advantage of using post-its is it’s flexibility, so if something comes up for example, you know, a night out. Your whole meal plan isn’t going to be thrown off for the whole week. You can use different colored post-its to show the nights that your dining out for example a night that you’ve decided not to cook. After planning your week you now have everything you need to make your shopping list. This is a basic shopping list but its there to help you complete your own. Simply look at what you’re going to eat for the week in all your post its and look at what you need to buy for those various different dishes. You can add additional items and you can write your own on the back as well. So let’s look at a few simple tips. Start planning for one meal not a whole week of meals. For example try breakfast. If you plan a full week right away it might be too much but if it makes sense for you to, go ahead. Use recipes and meals that you are already familiar with and that you’re already cooking. Don’t try and make new complicated recipes and if we’re going to try new recipes aim for recipes that have between five and ten ingredients. Also try for recipes that are not going to take any more than 30 to 60 minutes to prepare and cook and you know, leave about 30 minutes for cleanup as well. We often forget the cleanup time. When you’re doing a grocery shopping try to buy in advance at the weekend or maybe midweek once you have your plan made, make sure you buy the ingredients ahead of time and don’t leave it to the last minute and lastly prepare your meals in advance this is something we’re going to be taking a look at in our next video. So whatever system you use meal planning be really helpful it helps you with your shopping your grocery list and helps on those occasions when you just open the fridge and you just don’t know what to cook in the next video we’re going to look at preparing food, how to prepare and store it so that we can easily cook on a weekend and have food prepared freezer ready for the week ahead. If this is your first time here I’d love you to subscribe and we’ll see you again next week for more simple step-by-step healthy food videos.