Every now and again I get myself into a bit of a stressful state, life feels like it’s overtaking me, I have lists of things to do, nothing feels like it’s getting done and suddenly I realise I’ve no idea what we’re eating for dinner and am running low on food. DISASTER. You know that feeling?
Hilariously as a dietitian I am often found writing meal plans for others, but then I forget to write my own. OOOPS. I love recipes, food, cooking, meal ideas and all that jazz, so actually for me sitting down and planning out the meals for the week is a relaxing and fun thing to do, it means I have time to think through the week, flick through some recipe books, bring those food ideas to the front of my brain and at the end of it I have at least one part of life under control.
Here’s mine for the next 2 weeks, I’d love to see yours!
5 Reasons to Meal Plan:
- SAVE TIME in the long run. Half an hour planning means you won’t be stood in the kitchen later racking your brains for a meal idea.
- Use it as a chance to check the BALANCE of your weeks meals, see the tips below.
- SAVE MONEY by then planning your shopping list so you don’t end up with random ingredients that you don’t need.
- SAVE WASTE by using all the ingredients in your fridge and planning it so you can take leftovers for lunches or fill the freezer.
- SAVE STRESS. Having a plan helps my stress levels, I can plan the quicker meals for busy days and know what I’m doing from day to day.
5 Top Tips for Balance over the week:
- Meat free Monday: Plan in some meat free days, we usually have 3-4 a week.
- Fishy Friday: Aim for fish a couple of times a week, oily fish contains those heart healthy omega 3’s.
- Reduce the Red Meat: to just 1-2 times a week.
- Veggie Vitality: Eat a range of colourful veggies over the week.
- Treats Ahoy: Keep that takeaway or those chips to planned times, so they don’t appear on the menu too often.
Get planning those meals and please share – I’d love to hear how you do things and what meals you include.