Thursday, January 12, 2012

Meal Planning 101: Why Meal Plan?

As the new year unfolds and so many of us struggle with wanting to improve, wanting to be better, one of the biggest goals is being coming more organized.  And for many people, that includes meal planning.  We throw the idea around in our heads: "I'm going to meal plan this year."  Sounds good, doesn't it?  Should be easy right?  But why are we planning?   These are just a few of the benefits of meal planning:

*Meal planning means eating out less.  By being prepared, you won't be so tempted to order out for pizza.  And when you do order out, it will be more by choice than by desperation.

*Meal planning means eating healthier.  No matter where you're at in your nutritional journey, home cooked meals are generally healthier than anything you'll find in a restaurant.

*Meal planning means financial savings.  By planning your meals, you're less likely to spend the extra money on last minute trips to the store.  Last minute trips that will often include unnecessary impulse buys.

*Meal planning means avoiding the stress of the 4 pm question: "What's for dinner, Mom?"  Having a plan takes more time upfront, but eliviates the stress when you and your family is hungry.

*Meal planning means a better balanced diet.  Planning allows you to see the bigger picture before the onset of the week and see where you need to fill in more fruits and vegetables, a variety of entrees, and healthier desserts.

*Meal planning means being able to let your kids get involved.  As your kids see you planning every week, including them by asking if there's a favorite meal they would enjoy.  Hospitality begins with our own families.

*Meal planning means having the freedom to work around busy days.  For example, I take an aerobics class at the local YMCA from 4-5 pm.  Disaster for going home and wondering what I'm making for dinner.  Having a plan means I can throw items in the crockpot and actually enjoy the activities I'm at.

All this means less stress on your time, finances, and emotions.  Meal planning proves to be well worth your time.

Are you ready to get started?

1 comment:

Erika said...

I love meal planning! All your points are SO true!!! Dropping by from WLW!

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