Here's Why You Should Give Meal Planning A Try

Susanne Myers

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Planning healthful delicious meals for a family might seem a time consuming task. However the benefits of planning nutritious meals far outweigh the time required to get it right. Creating a weekly menu plan is important to creating healthy delicious meals for our family. Menu planning can actually add hours to your week rather than reducing the time you have available.

Meal planning should give you more time not reduce the spare time you have available. You will become an efficient shopper. Always use the KISS principal and start small and expand your efforts over time.

A small investment of time creating a simple meal plan can reap great rewards When you step into those mega grocery stores, you need a plan to navigate away from the frozen pizzas and get to the good stuff. The good stuff is hidden in the back of the store in the fruit and vegetable area of the super markets. Having a meal plan tells you exactly where to go and what aisle to avoid.

Once you get home with your stash of goodies, fruits, vegetables and other nutrient rich foods, you will feel the need to get all those other foods out of the refrigerator and into the garbage. The rotten tomatoes, that never got added to the salad are history. The vegetables that are squishy can be gone. Next week the good stuff will be eaten and there will be no waste in the kitchen because a menu plan is in place.

Organizing meal preparation will actually keep you sane. You will know each day “what's for dinner". You will have all the ingredients necessary to prepare a quick nutritious meal. You won't have to stop by the grocery store on your way home from work. You will have all the ingredients on hand to prepare a meal without having to step out to the neighbors for a cup of yogurt or an extra tomato for the salad you are making. There won't be any standing at the refrigerator wondering what to cook for dinner.

Once you organize your menus for the week, the next thing you'll notice is that the whole kitchen is organized and you can prepare a meal in peace. Getting help from the family is a good idea when the meal plan is put together. There is nothing worse than seeing the faces of the family drop to the floor when you introduce a new healthier way of eating.

Taking the time to find and perhaps chart the most nutritious foods and integrating them into the daily meals can be a simple task. Knowing what you need from the grocery store will eliminate wasted time, energy and money. Your inventory for the week of meal preparations becomes more streamlined as you start your family on a healthy path to fitness.

There are several stages of meal planning that include inventory control, recipes for the menus, pricing of food and the actual cooking of the final meal. But with proper planning the meal plan becomes easier and more efficient over time. The basics of a menu plan must be simple.

Getting everything the family needs for optimum health into one meal a day. Not so simple? Most families only eat one meal a day together so the extension of the meal plan may include healthy meal from popular take out restaurants. McDonalds now includes yogurt and fruits cups as alternatives to french fries.

Many families just ignore the need for menu planning and the results can be devastating. The teenagers gain weight and blame the parents, toddlers start to show signs of sugar overload and mom and dad are just tired all the time. Some minor adjustment to the diet and a mealplan can get a family's meal time ritual out of the doldrums and into an exciting journey to good health.

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