Today begins the start of a weekly blog post “Meal Plan Monday”. One of the greatest problems that people indicate when it comes to being healthy and fit, or getting started on a weight loss journey is that they don’t plan their meals! Maybe you know what you want to eat today or tomorrow, but then by Wednesday you’re running through a drive through because you didn’t plan what you were going to eat for lunch that day then what? Well then you’re taking a step backwards with your journey. So, every monday we will be discussing different tools, tips, and recipes to meal planning! Each week I will share with you my meal plan for the week and you can feel free to contact me via Facebook and I am more than happy to help you out and create your meal plan each week!
The very first step to meal planning is to brainstorm. Take a sheet of paper out and just start writing things down. I generally take a piece of paper and create 3 columns: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner. Now I’ll be totally honest with you, a lot of my meals are going to carry over and repeat throughout the week because I eat a lot of the same things each day. My breakfast and lunches are all generally the same, so the dinner column takes a lot of time for me. I try to create a list of meals that we haven’t had as a family in awhile, favorite dishes of my husband or children, and of course healthier choices. So for example, if my family wants to have mashed potatoes and gravy with baked chicken and stuffing for dinner, I’m going to get online and find healthier options: mashed cauliflower in place of mashed potatoes, or maybe we do roasted sweet potatoes instead. The brainstorm process for me generally takes about an hour because I want to make sure that I’m keeping everyone in mind, which is sometimes hard when you have a “meat and potatoes” type of husband who isn’t always excited about mom’s gluten free dinner ideas.
So the first step to Meal Plan Monday is grab a sheet of paper and begin brainstorming! Think of everything that you’re going to need, create that weekly plan first and then go through each meal and start your grocery list. Write down every food and item that goes into each of those meals. Don’t forget that if you have children that are in school make sure that you’re brainstorming their daily cold lunch and school snacks. And, you should be eating about 5-6 small meals per day, so don’t forget your snacks as well! Once you have created your brainstorm post a list of the meals on your refrigerator for the family to see. This will help to save your sanity of being asked a million times in a week “Mom, what’s for dinner?”
Comment below with your top tips to brainstorming your meal plan. Do you enjoy using different pen colors? Do you separate your grocery list by departments in the grocery store? What is your favorite day to grocery shop?