To look and feel your best begins with eating your best. When most people hear those words, their brains automatically shift to a diet. You may already feel overwhelmed with the thousands of diets to choose from on the market today. What if I told you eating your best did not have to involve a diet of any sort? All you need to eat your best is to invest a little bit of time into meal planning. Nothing is more crucial than spending your time and preparation in the most important person, you.
Healthy meal plans do not have to be expensive, time-consuming or difficult at all if you know what you are doing. Popular sites like Pinterest make it relatively easy to search for healthy meals for yourself or family, but even that can be overwhelming if you do not have a realistic goal in mind.
Prepping the healthy meal plan
Start with a list. Write down all the foods you like; you can even write down the foods you eat on a consistent basis. Cross off the foods that you know you shouldn’t be consuming in large portions; pasta, white bread, fried foods, pizza, potato chips, anything processed. Highlight the foods that are real. Real food is defined as fruits, vegetables, lean meats, foods that tend to go bad quickly.
Don’t forget to set aside some time to include snacks. Fresh fruit is always an easy go-to solution. You might also be interested in prepping baggies to grab as quick snacks on the go. The possibilities are endless.
Organizing your meals
Once you have a good working list, depending on where you are in your culinary skills, you may need to get creative. If your main dish involves chicken think of recipes you make that involve that dish. Throw some fresh veggies on the side. Voila, your first health meal plan accomplished in a few seconds.
Jot these ideas down on a calendar to keep you organized and help when you write down your shopping list. Some people prefer to meal plan once a month and make one big grocery trip while others prefer to break it down in weekly planning and trips. It all comes down to preference.
The good thing about a healthy meal plan is there is not one right or wrong solution. Do what works for you and keep working at it until something fits. A small investment of your time now will result in a significant investment down the road in how you look and feel.