It’s impossible to underestimate how brilliantly helpful weekly meal-planning is! Coming home and knowing exactly what you’re going to cook for dinner, or having a defined plan for the lunch box when you’re tired and fraught, is a game-changer. It also helps you streamline your shopping and significantly reduce food waste. Buy a small whiteboard or pin board, or just jot it down on a piece of paper. Then allocate some time each week, ideally before you’ve done your shopping, and get planning.
Here we feature two weeks of meal plans for lunch and dinner to give you a sample of how your own meal plans might look. We haven’t included dessert here; in general, fresh fruit is always a great option. Or take a look at the healthy snack ideas for other dessert solutions.
TOP TIP: Whilst this is an idealised home-cooked meal planner to give you inspiration, don’t beat yourself up if some nights are just ‘whatever you can find in the fridge’ kinds of evenings, or if you stick on some fish fingers, potato waffles and baked beans one night. As in all things, try and find a balance!
Holistic Nutrition Educator Andrea Hill has this tip: “Remember that snacks, like meals, need to be balanced with adequate protein and healthy fats. So add a few cheese cubes alongside the apple sauce, or stir in some chia seeds to get a longer lasting energy boost. The same applies to smoothies: great protein and fat additions to smoothies include hemp seeds, tahini, chia seeds, any nut or seed butter or plain Greek yoghurt.”
Meal planning is pretty straightforward when you get down to it. Here are a few tips that should make it even easier:
For advice on how to build brilliant lunchboxes – click here.
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