Last week I shared that one of the biggest challenges for women is meal planning. Although there are many health benefits, both physically and mentally, for families to eat at home, it can seem near to impossible to do with a crazy schedule. However, with a few of my simple strategies for planning healthy meals for a busy family, it can be done.
- Choose your less stressful day to plan
Sounds simple, but it is frustrating to try and figure out what you are going to eat when you have so many other things on your “to do” list. Why add another task? Establish a day and time with the least amount of stress or responsibilities to plan your upcoming meals and grocery lists.
- Plan according to your schedule
When making your list, take a few minutes to look at your schedule for the upcoming week and plan your meals accordingly. For example, use a crock pot for nights you will be home late and make extra to freeze leftover’s for a future late night.
- Keep it Easy
Don’t get overwhelmed by making too many things at one time. If making a chicken dish that takes extra ingredients and time, prepare an easy salad or vegetables that can be steamed or roasted. If sides need a little extra time, marinate chicken or fish to quickly throw on the grill.
- Always have color and quickly build around it.
Fifty percent of your plate should consist of fruits and vegetables, twenty-five percent proteins and twenty five percent healthy grains. By planning to fill half our plate with fruits and vegetables, the process and preparation can be cut in half.
If you are ready to take control of your food, learn more strategies for planning healthy meals and eating for your lifestyle, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org for a free consultation. I would love to help you.
Let me encourage you by saying, “our time reflects our priorities.” Once eating healthy becomes a priority, you will discover you do have the time and can prepare healthy meals by incorporating simple strategies. You can do this!