Last week, I told you all about My Top 10 Healthy Eating Goals for 2014. My #1 struggle with these goals so far has not been self-control, believe it or not. It has actually been poor planning on my part. It’s much easier to eat healthier snacks and cook “real” food if I have it in the house. Makes sense, right?
I have decided that, if I want to work on my healthy eating goals, I really, really need to get better at this whole meal planning thing. Every week, I sit down with the grocery store ads and my coupons and make my list for the store (sometimes even two stores). I usually plan out most of our dinners for the week. Since my boys aren’t big eaters, I’m lucky enough to have a few leftover nights. I typically forget to do two things…see what we already have on hand and plan for my lunches and snacks. Which means that I end up buying things I don’t need to buy and I end up eating junk for lunch and snacks because I don’t have anything else. A little strategic meal planning would solve my problem.
There are tons of great meal planning resources out there to help us! Here are just a few:
- Crystal & Co. has been sharing weekly meal planning ideas for a few years now and she also offers cute meal planning printables.
- Home Cooking Memories shares 10 simple tips to help you with meal planning. With these tips, anyone can do it.
- Peanut Blossom reintroduced family meals by meal planning with themes for each day of the week. She offers lots of suggestions for anyone who wants to give it a try.
- Iowa Girl Eats shares her tips for meal planning and grocery shopping. Plus, she does it on a strict weekly budget.
- Home Made by Carmona discusses her reasons for meal planning and shares her unique reusable Menu Planner.
- I’m an Organizing Junkie hosts a weekly Menu Plan Monday link-up for bloggers who like to share their meal plans. It’s a great resource for those already planning.
- The Resourceful Gals share tips for once a month meal planning.
- Super Glue Mom has great ideas for how planning can help you feed your family “real food” on a budget.
- Live Simply describes how she plans and shops in order to feed her family “real food.”
Do you meal plan for the week or the month? Please share any tips you may have!