I love utilizing my Sunday mornings to plan my meals for the week. Not only does it help me keep on track with my health goals, but it reduces the amount of money I spend doing the weekly shop. Rather than wandering aimlessly up and down each aisle, I have a list of what I need to buy and only get those things.
For many of us, meal planning gets put in the ‘too hard’ basket. But you can change your mindset around this. Ask yourself – ‘What happens if I don’t do this?’ ‘How will my health goals be affected if I don’t plan my meals for the week? And what does this look like if I continue not planning for the next few months?’ ‘How will the financial section of my life be affected if I don’t meal plan?’
All of these questions can help to change your mindset around what can sometimes be seen as a hassle or an un-necessary task.
How luxurious to be able to have some more spare time during your days or evenings because you don’t have to think about what to cook when you get home from work!
I write out on a piece of paper what I want to eat for breakfast, lunch and dinner and then flip it over to write out what ingredients I need for these meals. I then consider snacks and write them out too.
Think about if you don’t do this, you could potentially spend hundreds of dollars more than you really need to! That’s thousands of dollars a year you could be saving or putting towards a holiday!
Not only that, but your health and mentality will benefit from eating nourishing meals. You will have more energy, your skin will be clearer and you will thrive off adding more fruits and vegetables into your diet.
I’m big on meals that can have secret veggies added in…think shredded carrot & zucchini in EVERYTHING! There’s no such thing as too many veggies an many vegetables take on the flavour of the spices they are cooked with.
I also focus on meals I can make big batches of and store in the fridge for lunches as well.
What’s your favourite meal prep tips?!