How to Plan Meals and Snacks
As a baby boomer, you have to constantly be watching your health, making sure that the food you bring into your body is prolonging your life, not shortening it. However, even though many of us plan to eat healthy, we don’t always follow through on those plans. Perhaps because we are in a rush, we stop by a drive thru or a convenience store for less than healthy food. We pack on the pounds because of this, and this can cause health problems. To combat weight gain in our busy lives, we have to make a meal schedule.
Meal planning is easy, but it takes a bit of time to do. Many people don’t go through with it because it seems boring or daunting at first, but when you do it, you will be glad you did. Before you get to planning, the first thing you need to do is look at your budget, and see how your new meal plan can fit into it. There are also plenty of options to save on your grocery shopping. Make sure that the things that you put on your meal plans are written by you, so that you will not have any dislikes in your plan. Sweet potatoes may be healthy, but if you don’t like them, then it doesn’t make sense to have them in your plan.
The first thing to do is grab a pen and pencil, or your tablet, and in your notepad or notes section, write the days of the week on the left side. Then, at the top, place breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks. On another page, scribble down some vague descriptions of what you want to eat during the week. Remember, it has to be healthy and home-cooked, so Burger King doesn’t count. If you like sub sandwiches, jot that down. If you like apples and peanut butter, jot that down. Have all the things you’ve eaten over the past week there too, and take out the unhealthy ones. After you have done this, it is now time to start making your meal plan.
Start by going online or downloading recipe apps to see what foods you can eat. For breakfast, if you’ve jotted down that you like pancakes, then look up some healthy pancake recipes, and write that down under the days you would like to eat it. On a separate piece of paper, ensure that you write down a list of all the things you will need to make this recipe. Some great places to look for recipes are Food Network, All Recipes, Yummly and Pinterest. Be adventurous and try new healthy things. These sites and apps will usually show nutritional facts for these meals.
Once you have filled out all the breakfast boxes for the week, you can then move on to lunch, dinner and your snacks. If you need a day to cheat, then don’t leave it up to you to decide on the day. Decide on a day from now and write it on the calendar, and stick to that day every week. Cheat days are best done on the weekends, especially Fridays. Once you’re done, it is time to shop. You will realize that by doing this, you save money and you live a healthier life at the same time.