The Benefits of Using a Weekly Meal Planner
Have you taken the plunge to start planning? It's one of the best and easiest ways to assure that you'll eat the way you want and not be at the mercy of your whims. It is also good if you're trying to lose weight. With so many benefits, it's well worth the little extra time it takes to use a weekly meal planner. Some of those benefits are:
- It helps you stay on track with your dietary goals
- You are less apt to impulse-eating
- You save money by not resorting to fast/convenience food
- You can also save money by buying in bulk from stores like Costco and Sam’s Club
- You’ll waste less food by buying just what you need for the week
- By ensuring you get regular meals and snacks, you keep your blood sugar regulated throughout the day
Meal Planning Made Simple
To help with the planning, I designed a meal plan worksheet for you. But first, you might want to read my more in-depth article, "Beginner’s Guide to Easy Plant-Based Vegan Meal Planning."
Your meal planner can also be used as a diary. I usually fill it out over the weekend, looking at the recipes index, other places on the internet or from handy cookbooks - flagging those pages and printing recipes from the internet.
After I’ve decided on my meals, I make my grocery list. Keep food handy by filling your pantry with nutritious whole grains, beans, canned tomatoes and more and you can have meals ready in a snap. This tool should help you make the transition to meatless, plant-based meals easier. Now if you can just get someone to do the dishes 🙂
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I like that this planning tool is an entire week on one, 8 1/2 x 11" page. You can print on both sides and keep these in a notebook or on the fridge.
I'm sitting down today to figure out my meals and grocery list, and I encourage you to do the same!
As always, your feedback is appreciated. Is this planner missing something? Do you need more room? I'd love to hear from you.
Leave me a message in the comments below and any tips you'd like to share.