More Tips for Planning Healthy Meals

by Rachelle on December 24, 2013

Finding it a bit challenging to get a healthy, balanced, homemade meal on the table at a decent time?  Become more efficient when it comes to preparing meals with these meal planning short cuts.

 

Small MealsGet Organized

Meal plan on your smart phone, on a piece of paper, or use a meal planning app.  When you do your grocery shopping, make sure that you have a list of everything you need for your dinner meals so that you don’t forget any key ingredients.

 

Choose Meats Wisely

Preparing and cooking the meat portion of the meal tends to be the most time-consuming, so why not save yourself the hassle of cooking a different meat every night and instead, make a leftover-friendly meat dish on Sunday or Monday that can get you through at least two or three left-over meals during the week. For example, on Monday night, roast a whole chicken and then with the leftover meat made BBQ Chicken Pizza one night and healthy chicken fried rice another night.

 

Find a Way to Save Recipes That Works for You

Use Pinterest (or other recipe websites) to bookmark recipes. Or print and store recipes in a planner or binder to take to the grocery store, or use while cooking. Keeping them all in one place save so much time.

 

Buy Ready-to-Eat Vegetables

Ever notice that your veggies often spoil in the fridge?   Buy ready-to-eat veggies like bagged green salad mixes, pre-sliced mushrooms, mini cucumbers, snap peas, baby tomatoes, carrots, or raw veggie trays. These are great to toss in a salad, stir-fry, omelet, or to simply eat on their own.

 

Rock the Crock

Some recipes require a little prep work, such as browning the meat beforehand to produce maximum flavor. Many recipes, however, simply require you to dump the ingredients in, flip the switch and come home to a fully cooked meal.

 

Freezer-friendly Meals

With only a few hours a week, you can make fresh meals, freeze them, then defrost and bake on a busy weeknight. Whip up a double batch and freeze one for a meal for down the road.

 

Plan Ahead

Before heading to the grocery store, simply sit down and make an old-fashioned list. Plan a menu for the entire week.  This planning will add a few extra minutes on the front end, but it will save tons of wasted time hitting up the grocery store on the way home from work.

 

Stock your pantry with healthy foods

That way you will always have some healthy, go-to foods in a pinch.

 

Other Tips to Help You Get Healthy Meals on the Table

 

Wash and cut up produce when you get home from the grocery store so it is ready to eat anytime.

Plan snacks at the beginning of the week so you are more likely to give your kids something healthy and not just easy and fast.

Keep your pantry stocked with staples to avoid last minute shopping trips.

Keep a list of snacks inside the pantry door for kids who are always asking what they can eat.

Always make double recipes of freezer-friendly foods.  So you will have an additional meal with only a little extra effort.

Pre-portion homemade snacks for quick eating and seal them yourself.

Stock up on frozen vegetables.  This way you will always have a vegetable ready to be added to dinner, even if it’s been a week since shopping day. These are also perfect for stir fry’s and casseroles.

Rachelle

Rachelle

Health Contributor at Creative Bioscience
Hi I’m Rachelle, or “Elle” for short. I am a busy body, but always been a plus sized kinda girl. I’ve learned that my curves are sexy, and I can feel good about how I look without looking like a stick! I’m a work-a-holic and stay as active as I can with lots of projects, so I have to prioritize my health choices. Working for Creative Bioscience has opened my eyes to what you can do to supplement your diet, and manage things in a natural way. The advances that are being made in the health arena are so exciting, and we are on the front lines bringing the best of the best. Rachelle’s favorite product is hCG 1234
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