How To Plan Your Meals + Free Weekly Meal Planner Printable
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I love planning my meals in advance. It helps me to stay on track with healthy eating habits and saves me a ton of time (and nerves!) when trying to decide what’s for dinner and while shopping for groceries.
I used to never plan my meals in advance and it almost always ended up in a food disaster.
Either I ate something quick and unhealthy or bought tons of food ingredients with the intention to cook and never actually decided WHAT to cook. Busy days and zero energy after work just stopped me every single time.
Meal planning, however, helped me to improve in this life part a lot!
Why Is It Important To Plan Your Meals
I believe the most important reason to plan your meals is health. Period. Nothing else is as important.
However, there are a ton of meal planning benefits you get once you decide to plan your meals!
Once I started planning my own meals, these things changed in my life:
- I stopped throwing out expired ingredients that I didn’t use up (it’s horrible, I know… I’m completely ashamed of it and just want to forget about it!).
- I managed to eat a very clean and healthy diet, like I always wanted.
- I was able to coordinate the meals with my partner, to make sure both of us is happy with the food choice.
- Even when I was tired, I always knew what I am going to cook so no more energy was wasted on googling recipes.
- I saved a lot of money since I wasn’t buying too much food, unnecessary food or food for “just in case someone comes over”.
How To Plan Your Meals
Meal planning is actually really simple, but one thing is important – you have to develop a habit of sitting down for 15-20 minutes every Sunday (or Monday morning) and thinking of what meals would suit your week best.
I love to scroll through Pinterest to see if there’s anything I like or simply decide on my favorite healthy meals and write them down.
If my partner wants to eat something else, we try to think of two meals with similar ingredients to make sure we’re not buying too many products that we can’t physically use up until they expire.
Updated 2019 10 25: Right now I’ve simplified my nutrition to several clean, tasty and healthy meals that I repeatedly eat throughout the whole week. I’m doing this for weight loss purposes, but I noticed that it saves me even more time on meal planning and grocery shopping. I don’t even have to look for recipes anymore and I love it!
Free Weekly Meal Planner Printable
So here’s a cute, free weekly meal planner printable that I love to use for my meal planning.
It’s free for your personal use and all you have to do is print a bunch of these to have them ready whenever you sit down and plan your week of nutrition.
Click the links below to download this free weekly meal planner in your preferred page size:
If you’re looking for a cleaner, and more modernized version of a meal planner, check out this one from my Planner Essentials collection.
And that’s it! I hope you loved this mini-guide on how to plan your meals and try this nutritional approach yourself.