Why You Should Meal Plan

At the grocery store on Friday, Lily wanted to be my big helper! I’m all for help at the store, we get through there a lot faster when she is helping me grab food. Until ten apples hit the floor. The cutest part, yes there was a cute part. Her reaction was the best. Both hands up on her face, “OH NO!” She yelled out, attracting the attention of pretty much everyone in that section. What was even cuter was Lily counting the apples with the employee while they picked them up.

So after that Lily was in charge of holding the grocery list. All the foods written down and our meals for the week. The list is like my holy grail. And I trusted my toddler with it because I had to. The whole apple scene was so adorable, Lily deserved it.

Now back to meal planning. I plan all of our meals, breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks for a whole week. Sounds kind of crazy but it’s not at all. There are so many benefits, everyone needs to do this. (I’ll do list form to make it shorter)

  1. If you’re trying to eat healthy, it makes it easier for you to stay on track. You don’t want all that delicious healthy food to go to waste.
  2. You can save more money by buying food in club size and making two meals out of it. Another trick is to make enough food for dinner to have leftovers for lunch the next day.
  3. Less takeout or meals at a restaurant. Like I said above, you won’t want that food to go to waste that you already bought for that night.
  4. Dinner time is more organized, and you’re not wasting time trying to figure out what to have.

When making your list for the week, make half your recipes (snacks, breakfast, lunch or dinner) on your list easy to pre-make.

An example of some recipes:

Snacks: Muffins, Roasted Chickpeas, Grapes and other fruits washed and cut to be stored.

Breakfast: Hard boiled eggs.

Dinner: Pasta Sauce, Chilli, pre-cut meat and veggies for a crockpot dish or a stir-fry.

These pre-made meals are for times when we need something quick with minimal preparation. So when we meal plan, and I know a night we will be to busy to make dinner, we have a pre-made meal. Like I said above, I always make enough for leftovers to have lunch the next day. To help make lunches super easy for you.

If you’re making the food for the week, you don’t have to do it all one night. You can break it up, give yourself a break. If I’m making pasta sauce, I might also make chilli if I have time to cook two meals. Then a couple nights later if I’m making a stir fry, again if I have time. I might make a second stir fry but switch up the ingredients. Don’t stress yourself thinking you need to spend five hours making all the meals and snacks.

Some of you may be wondering what a list could even look like or what mine does. So here is my list from last week. (I wrote it out again so you could actually read it, over the years I’ve created my own grocery list language).

As you can see I also right down sale items on my list. I plan my meals around foods that are really cheap so I can save more money. This list is bigger than usual cause we were low on some items I like to always keep in my cupboard.

Buy lots of storage containers and large mason jars. I prefer glass so you don’t need to be concerned about heat and the chemicals in plastic leaking into your food. Huge fan of Anchor containers!

Your next grocery trip, spend twenty minutes and plan your meals for the week. Or start small and do four days. See if you notice a benefit to it in your life.

Thanks for reading,

Jaclyn Yvonne