Planning what you eat makes it easier to cook more often.
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You can make healthy eating easier by planning what you eat.
Planning your meals and snacks helps you:
- make healthier choices
- save time grocery shopping
- get meals on the table faster and with less stress
- reduce food waste by only buying what you need and will use
Planning is a simple step that can make it possible to:
- eat healthily
- save money
- cook more often
There’s no right or wrong way to plan meals. You can plan for the whole week ahead, or you can plan for a couple of days at a time. Do what works for you.
Try these ideas to make planning what you eat part of your routine:
- Set aside some time to make your plan.
- Set yourself up to have all the information you need. Write down your meal ideas or new recipes.
- Store your old meal plans and favourite recipes in a binder or on your computer. You can reuse the plans and recipes that you liked.
- Post an empty grocery list where everyone can see it. Encourage everyone to add to it.
A little planning goes a long way in helping to develop and maintain healthy eating habits. You will find that the more you plan what you eat, the easier it gets.
Having a meal plan that works for you and your lifestyle is one of the secrets to eating well.
When you are making your plan, think about:
- All your meals and snacks:
- They are part of healthy meal plans.
- Your schedule:
- A busy week or busy day can impact your plan. This can change the number of meals and snacks you need.
- How much time you have to cook:
- Think about ways to make cooking more manageable. When you have less time, make meals that are quicker and simpler to prepare.
- When you have time, try preparing basic ingredients, like pre-chopping vegetables, to save time in preparing future meals.
- How many people need to eat the meal:
- This will impact how much food you need.
- Recipes with overlapping ingredients:
- Use the food you have to help decrease food waste.
- You can decrease cooking time by making a little extra to use for meals and snacks the next day.
- Fresh, frozen, canned and dried ingredients:
- To reduce food waste, use up your fresh ingredients first to prevent them from spoiling.
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