Meal planning is not just about deciding what to eat one week at a time. It’s sooo much more than that. It can help organize your life (saving you time) and it can cut down on the amount of money you need to splash out at the supermarket.
A meal plan breaks down what you are going to eat for the amount of time you plan for.
So, say for your family you want to eat three times a day for 7 days a week. You would therefore plan for 7 breakfasts, lunches and dinners with enough to go around everyone.
Benefits of meal planning…
Here are just a few of the benefits of creating a meal plan:
You can make sure you don’t have to be doing everything last minute in the kitchen, therefore saving you time.
Everyone will know what they’ll be having for breakfast, lunch and dinner each day, which should hopefully lead to fewer squabbles, especially if you get everyone involved in picking some family favorite meals.
By knowing what you’re going to shop for in advance you can better plan your budget as know what you’ll need to spend (or if you need to adapt your meal plan to spend less).
You will have less food waste and you’ll be able to make sure you buy and use what you’ll actually need.
Create a basic meal plan
There aren’t many steps to make sure you can get your meal plan off the ground:
Then, work out what’s going on with your week. Do you all need lunches or do the kids get free school meals? Will you be working late one night? Are you out at a friend’s one evening so don’t need to cook? Are you planning a day trip so need to have a different kind of picnic lunch prepared, or will you eat out?
Once you know the comings and goings of who’ll be eating it’s then time to start making meal plans. For breakfast, you may have one, two or three different options; toast, cereal, oats, eggs etc. Lunches may work out quite similar from day to day, but meals for dinners usually have more variety.
When you know what you’re having day to day, simply write a list of all the ingredients you’ll need to buy so you can cook to your plan. Make sure to cost it out as you go to make sure you stay within your budget.
Years ago an artist I knew did a painting series on C&H sugar, it’s history as a company and general sugar related health facts. That was when I decided to never have regular sugar in my home and to avoid it when I’m out as much as I can.
Aside from a few scoops of brown sugar here and there, we don’t have much of a sweet tooth in our home. When I came across coconut sugar for the first time, I have to admit, I was curious to see if it tasted more like brown sugar or Splenda.
I tried it for the first time with Navita Matcha Latte – and it’s really good… It has a taste that is similar to brown sugar with a hint of caramel.
Coconut Sugar Benefits:
(Cane) Sugar substitute
Richer in minerals like zinc, potassium, and magnesium than other sweeteners
Antioxidants are compounds produced in your body and found in foods. They help defend your cells from damage caused by potentially harmful molecules known as free radicals.
The fruits used to make this smoothie are rich in antioxidants.
What are chia seeds?
Chia seeds are smooth, shiny, grey-black seeds measuring around 2mm. Yep, they’re very tiny! Native to Central and Southern America, chia seeds go by the botanical name of Salvia hispanica.
Chia seeds benefits were known long before they gained modern-day ‘superfood’ status. It’s believed that they were one of the four basic foods of Central American civilizations, who often used them for medicinal purposes too.
The word ‘chia’ actually means ‘strength’ in Mayan (the language family of Central America and Mexico). This owes to the fact that Mayan and Aztec cultures prized chia seeds for their ability to provide strength and stamina. It is said that Aztec warriors swore by a spoon of chia seeds a day to boost their energy! Chia Seeds Benefits: – High In Essential Fatty Acids – Omega 3 – Egg Substitute – Boost Metabolism – Gluten-Free
Directions: Fill your personal smoothie maker, in this case we used the Ninja – Foodi® Smoothie Bowl Maker and Nutrient Extractor, with the amount of fruits to your liking. In our home we make smoothies daily and the amount of ingredients changes depending on our cravings. – Add chia seeds to smoothie once mixed. Enjoy!!
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