How to Meal Plan and Stick to It
Meal planning can help you both save money on groceries and increase nutrition; meal planning provides an easy way to stay within your budget and eat well.
Making meal planning part of your lifestyle requires dedicating enough time and energy. Follow these steps to establish meal planning as an ongoing practice!
1. Create a master list of recipes
Create a master list of recipes as a simple way to stay on your meal plan and stay focused. A list can help remind you which meals you prefer making and eliminate those that don’t work for your family.
Start by taking inventory of your ingredients stored in your fridge, freezer and pantry. This can easily be accomplished by opening each storage area and noting what lies within. Whether in bins or bags.
Select some of your favorite recipes that you’d love to prepare again, including family classics as well as those you want to experiment with for the first time.
As you create your master list, be mindful of any dietary restrictions or preferences in your family as well as how much time is available for preparation of each meal.
Write down some of your favorite breakfast and lunch dishes, before filling out your master list with snacks and side dishes.
Step one is absolutely crucial because it will allow you to avoid purchasing extra food while at the store, which is especially helpful if you’re on a strict budget.
Once your master list is completed, it’s time to start meal planning! Choose a template from our Meal Planning printables set or simply write items down as they come up on a sheet of paper to keep track of everything on your meal plan.
As a busy mom, creating a master list of recipes can be an invaluable way to make meal planning simpler and ensure that nutritious, flavorful meals are consumed each day, which will keep both yourself and your family healthy.
Meal planning will also save money and make cooking dinner an enjoyable activity! While meal planning might take some getting used to, the rewards far outweigh any effort as it saves both time and energy – as well as helping prevent unnecessary purchases like impulse buys! Once mastered it will become second nature making weekly meal planning much less cumbersome!
2. Create a menu board
One effective way of meal planning is creating a menu board. This will give you a place to record all the dishes you plan on preparing during the week and will also help keep to your meal plan and save money!
Keep your menu on track by creating meals with a theme. Doing this can make keeping up with it both simpler and more delicious.
Organise your recipes into themes, such as pasta or sandwiches. This will save time while also ensuring the meals you create are ones your family will appreciate!
Once your menu is in place, it should be displayed prominently so everyone in the household can easily see it. This could include either placing it in your kitchen or on display somewhere central within your home.
Digital menu boards come equipped with many free templates available on websites like Canva.
Use these free templates to design a digital menu that’s both user-friendly and visually attractive – sure to draw customers in!
Digital menu boards can also be utilized to promote specials and limited-time offers (LTOs). By including animation and high-quality visuals, animation will help capture customer attention quickly.
Displaying an effective menu can help draw more customers to your restaurant and drive up sales – in fact, 74% of restaurant customers said an efficient menu display is a top priority for them!
Add more appeal and draw customers in with animation using high-quality graphics and sounds. This will add an element of fun while encouraging customers to try something new!
Once you’ve created your digital menu, add it to your website and social media platforms so that your customers can view and place orders online – this strategy is especially essential if your business offers delivery or take-out service.
3. Make it public
Meal planning can help you reach your nutrition goals more easily while simultaneously saving time and relieving food stress. By creating a meal plan, you can outline all of the meals you plan to eat over a given week or month to meet weight loss, cholesterol reduction or other health objectives.
One of the primary obstacles in sticking to a diet is resisting temptation or food stress and deviating from your goals. You can combat this by tracking what you eat and finding an accountability partner who will support and encourage you to remain on course.
Once you have found a menu that works for your family and is easy to prepare, share it with others. Sharing on your blog, Twitter/Facebook page or in person with others will help achieve your goals faster – plus it keeps you accountable to your meal plan – some even find this so enjoyable they continue their meal planning for months after they first started!
4. Make it fun
Make meal planning enjoyable so you can stay on track, and one key way is by adding fun into it. An engaging menu plan is more likely to get you in the kitchen cooking. For even greater entertainment value, find ways to include meal plans into daily family routines – for instance assigning certain days for plans such as taco Tuesday or pasta night; adding food items you might otherwise overlook into menu plans and more.
When it comes to actually following through with your meal plan, the best way to get started is to set aside a specific time each week to do it. This will create an established habit and allows you to browse your fridge, pantry and freezer for ingredients you could incorporate into meals for the coming week.