Meal planning is the simple act of taking some time to plan any number of your meals for the week. Plan for yourself or plan for your family. Plan to eat healthy, and plan a night out. Plan every snack and meal, or simply plan your lunches so you don’t spend money on restaurant food during the week. It doesn’t really matter what you plan, as long as you thought about it. The goal is not to start from zero for every single meal. There are a lot of reasons meal planning and meal prepping are important. Here’s the Importance of Meal Planning: 3 Reasons to Meal Plan Weekly.
A lot of Project Meal Plan is focused on meal prepping and things that can be done ahead to save resources later. That’s because if you meal plan, you can always meal prep, which saves you even more time. Here are some other ways meal planning can save you time:
- Reduce grocery store trips. If your weekly menu is planned ahead of time, you can do your best to buy everything for the week in one trip.
- Reduces wandering at the grocery store. Wandering at the grocery store creates opportunity to buy the wrong foods.
- Know what needs to be prepped (and prep it). You know the menu, so you know what needs to be prepped.
Everyone is different, and everyone’s needs are different. But when you plan ahead, you can make smart choices related to your personal health and fitness needs.
- Eating the right amount. Planning and pre-portioning your food can ensure you do not overeat.
- Staying accountable. Planning and prepping your meals provides a little more incentive to eat the healthy things you’ve already planned out and cooked.
- More control over your choices. If you know you have a dinner event or work lunch out, you can simply plan around it. Eat lighter in the rest of the day so you can indulge later. Or don’t indulge, just plan. Either way, planning out your choices ahead of time means you are more likely to stick with the healthy choices you already made.
When you plan and cook your own meals, you are most likely saving money when compared to purchasing the same type of meal in a restaurant.
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