Meal planning comes in many forms and simply means planning diets which will provide all nutrients in required amounts and proportions. As the family’s well being and health are dependent upon how well they are fed, planning meals ahead of time ensures clean, healthy eating. Planning meals ahead of time also helps you manage your time better and makes meal preparation easier. It can turn a hectic week into one that is nearly stress-free with the assurance that you and your family will feed wellness and not illness.
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. You can also plan your meals and snacks to work with your specific health conditions and weight goals.
Meal planning can save you from spending extra cash on emergency lunches or late-night takeout. It’ll also save you from pretending two frozen blueberry waffles counts as a “lunch.” You’ll eat healthier, save money and enjoy your meals a lot more when they’re planned!
So how do you get started AND stay committed?
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Option #1 – Use a Meal Planning Journal or Notebook
The meal planner journal is food-focused with space for recipes, notes, daily meal logs, and grocery lists.
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Each weekly spread contains a lined space for every day of the week, as well as a box for breakfast ideas and lunch ideas! Additionally, there is a large area to write down your grocery list for the week! Plan out your week, save time and money, and eat right. Let’s do this, ladies!
Also included, Weekly Budget, Pantry/Fridge Inventory, Idea pages for leftovers, snacks, school lunches, healthy fast foods, and more. There is even a page for Likes & Dislikes, Allergies, old family recipes, and notes to help make your meal planning a breeze.
I use this journal to help me make meal plans for families. It is the exact journal that I first used to start my meal planning journey for overcoming chronic illness.
This comes in a PDF format that you can download, print, and copy to use how ever you wish. A customizable format that you can edit online is available upon request.
Option #2 – Use a Customized Meal Planning Service
Most online meal planning services offer a monthly, quarterly, or yearly subscription service that allows you to create your own meal plans with a variety of recipes tailored to your preferences. While this seems like the fastest and easiest way to plan your meals, it still takes time to research the recipes and filter according to your needs. I find a lot of my clients are really looking for plans that are personalized for them.
This is where Simply Wellness Meal Plans come in!
Customized, Done-For-You Meal Plans and programs are available and are made specific to eating lifestyles, diets, allergies/sensitivities, and health conditions (AIP, Candida, Autoimmune, Diabetes, etc.) These recipes are hand picked, by me, to ensure that every ingredient is taken into consideration according to your likes & dislikes, any food sensitivities, health conditions, weight, and nutrition goals, including calories, macros, micros, fats, proteins, sugars, and fiber.
What makes Simply Wellness different?
You have many options to choose that will help you eat according to your activity, health, weight, and financial levels. You can purchase a meal plan for one week, one month, or one year.
Simply Wellness now provides the following options to help you spend less time in the kitchen and more time with your loved ones. All plans and programs can be customized by eating style, dietary needs, and number of servings, as often as you like. If you need to increase servings to include guests or decrease servings for an intimate dinner for two, no problem.
Recipe Books: $30 to $80
7-Day Meal Plans: $30 to $60
21-Day Meal Plans: $60 to $150
Meal Planning Guides: $60 to $150
Simply Wellness Meal Planning subscriptions are also available and come in 1-month ($39 USD), 3-month ($69 USD), and 12-month ($199 USD) packages. The price includes a Meal Plan Assessment, shopping list of all ingredients, preparation and cooking instructions, recipe and photos for Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, and Snacks. The price does not include food.
Option #3 – Use a Food/Meal Delivery Service
Meal delivery services allow you to choose the recipes you love and all of the ingredients will be shipped directly to your door for you to prepare at your convenience. Typically within 3-5 days. You can also opt for precooked recipes, but they will cost a bit more. Prices do vary for these services, but not by too much. You can expect to pay about $9 to $12 a meal, depending on which service and plan you choose. If you are feeding a family of four, it will cost you about $35-40 per meal, plus tax and delivery. This can add up quickly.
Tips for using a Meal Delivery Service
- Order according to your weekly activities. On a busy week, you may only be home 2 nights due to outside activities, so you will not need as many meals.
- Order according to your family size or add one extra serving if you want to have left overs for another meal.
- Include the total price for the service into your weekly grocery shopping budget and remember to shop according to the number of meals that will be provided by the service.
- Keep a journal on the recipes you like and don’t like and make corrections on the website. You don’t want to be receiving meals that no one cared for.
Meal planning and meal prepping are just two of the ways that will help you spend less time in the kitchen and grocery store and more time doing the things that you love.