Benefits of Meal Planning
Meal planning is a great way to set yourself up for success and make healthy eating easy and fun. Although not a new idea, meal planning has resurfaced as a hot topic on health blogs and recipe websites. The term “prep day” is now commonplace. So whether you are a seasoned meal planner or just trying it out, here are some tips for success!
Tip #1: Pick a period of time you want to plan meals for—it can be weekly, bi-weekly, or even monthly. Think about your family’s lifestyle and how often you want to shop at the store. Also keep in mind how long fresh produce will last. A seven day cycle is a great place to start.
Tip #2: Use what food you already have. Your pantry and fridge might have some great ingredients. A “first in, first out” mentality is a great way to prevent food waste and save money.
Tip #3: Technology is your best friend. Use apps and websites to shop deals and find ways to use ingredients you already have on hand. Many grocery store chains have apps that show their weekly sales. This is a great way to save money and time.
App of the month
Handpick Recipes and Ingredients
This app helps users make the most of what they already have in their fridge. From their list of thousands of ingredients, you can select what you already have and it generates recipes. It can also be used to help generate weekly meal plans. Some recipes are also tagged for allergy and dietary needs.
Happy National Nutrition Month® !
The 2017 National Nutrition Month® theme is “Put Your Best Fork Forward”.
Find more information at http://www.eatright.org/resources/national-nutrition-month