by Bethany Vessey, Registered Dietitian on July 29, 2013

In the time it will take you to read this blog entry you could have done your meal plan for the week. I get asked all the time, what can I do to stay on track of my nutrition? The reality is we all know what we should and should not be eating, well for the most part, but when it comes to doing it there seems to be too many obstacles in our way. Well here is your solution. . . MAKE A PLAN!!!! Every week I always take a few minutes either on the day before or the day I am going to go grocery shopping and I plan out my meals for the week. In my meal plan I find my breakfast easy; it is always some combination of eggs, granola/yogurt/fruit or a smoothie. Lunch, for the most part, will be left overs from the dinner the night before and my snacks are fruits, veggies, cheese, yogurt, and nuts. So really I have narrowed my meal planning needs to determining what I will need for dinner every night! Here are the 10 reasons while meal planning should become a weekly routine for you and your family.

1: You will SAVE money!!!: By planning what you will eat for the week, you will ideally buy only what you need and waste less, also resulting in not buying the less healthy options we don’t need either!
2: You will SAVE on your waste line!!!: When you have a plan you are less likely to deviate from that plan. Ideally your plan will take into consideration your busiest days/nights and you will have planned out how you will handle this time, making sure you stay on track of your own health and wellness goals.
3: You will SAVE time!!!!: Having a plan means you know what to expect, what is needed, and what you can handle. You are less likely to make that new dish you have been dyeing to try on the night you have to take the kids to soccer practice, but you will likely have preplanned pita pizza’s for that night, which will be a healthy quick meal idea for the family.
4: You will SAVE you sanity!!!: This is a big one!!!!! How much to you hate to say/hear “WHAT’S FOR SUPPER!!?”. Usually after a long day, when you are feeling tired and hungry that is the last thing you want to hear! Your kids may also become more willing to try new foods if you involve them in the planning process. Ask them to look through a cookbook, or recipe website and choose a new recipe they would like to try this week. You will also reduce some of your stress in your week when you know what you and your family will be eating everyday. Lunches will be slicker to pack, saving time and reducing stress during the busy your start to your day!

Happy Planning!

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