Eating healthy for good is easier said than done. There will always be temptations to eat unhealthy foods. There will be times when your friends, your family, or anyone in your life will ask you to join them for unhealthy meals. There are also times when you can’t think of what healthy food to make and you end up getting fast food. Or how about the time when you want to make something healthy, but you don’t have the right ingredients?
Without meal planning, eating healthy meals all day would be difficult or impossible. Here are some meal planning tips that can help you make your journey to healthy living a breeze:
- Involve your family.
If you are a mom or a dad who wants to start serving healthy meals to your family, make sure that they know your intention and involve them in meal planning. This way, you can ensure that your kids and spouse will not try to sneak out when mealtime comes simply because they don’t like the healthy food you serve them. If you are worried that they won’t like healthy foods, find healthy versions of foods they love that you can make. Finding a healthy substitute for unhealthy foods that you love will help satisfy cravings.
- Recycle and rotate.
You don’t have to make a meal plan for every single day of the year. Recycle old plans or have a rotation schedule of the plans. This way, you don’t use up all your time and energy for just planning. Of course, you can also make changes to the plan if you find a new healthy recipe to try. You can also get some help from meal planning apps like Yummly or MealPlan Meal and Grocery Planner.
- Plan by season.
You can save money and make your ingredients search easier by planning your dishes by season. Now the season here can have two meanings. One is the change in season such as winter, spring, summer and fall and it can also mean the time a certain fruit or vegetable bears much fruit, such as avocadoes and oranges. You can take these two considerations together and plan your meals based on which fruits and vegetables are in season.
- Eat what you love.
Eating healthy does not mean you have to suffer eating meals that you absolutely detest. One of the most enduring misconceptions about healthy living is it involves eating bland food. There are many delicious healthy foods available for those who want to have a vibrant, long life. Just know what you and your family like and consider them when planning your meal. There are also delicious healthy versions of the most popular foods, like pizza and burgers.
- Don’t be afraid to try new recipes.
You may want to keep using familiar recipes when planning your meals, but that would be counterproductive. One of the happiest and most enjoyable part of starting a healthy eating campaign is discovering new recipes, trying them out, and seeing how your family and friends react. Introduce new vegetables or fruits to meals. This is also a way of training your palate to appreciate healthy food.
Meal planning shouldn’t be seen as a chore, but as a new adventure to enjoy and discover. You get to try new recipes, learn new cooking techniques, and see your family healthy. Follow the tips above to get started on preparing healthy meals on a regular basis.