Menu Planning and Beginners
If making healthy changes is your goal for weight loss or performance, then menu planning is one of the best ways to start. Menu planning can be as simple or as complicated as you want. You can make a sandwich for dinner or a gourmet meal. The goal is to try and figure out what works for your schedule.
Look at Your Schedule
The while point to a menu plan is to make your life simpler. In order for your plan to be functional and helpful, it needs to reflect your schedule. Some day’s dinner will be ready in 20 minutes, while others can take 45 minutes.
Use Familiar Recipes
I know how easy it is to get caught up on wanting to try a whole bunch of new recipes. However, in the beginning, stick too familiar recipes. Getting overwhelmed with new recipes AND learning how to menu plan can be overwhelming.
Don’t Over Complicate Your Plan
There is no need to color coordinate your meal plans and put up some fancy DIY menu board. It is completely unnecessary and defeats the whole purpose of simplifying your life.
Write it Out
If you write out your plan and put it somewhere, like your refrigerator, it makes it that much easier for dinner to not get lost in the shuffle.
Make a Grocery List
This seems like common sense, but it’s very easy to forget to write out your list, go to the store and then come home to only find yourself missing an ingredient halfway through cooking dinner. Thus, halting your meal and taking your plan off track.
Plan for Prep
I believe that this is one of the most important steps. There are so many “30 minute or less” meals out there that do not take into account prep. This is all the chopping, dicing and measuring. These can easily turn a 30-minute meal into a 60-minute meal. Be honest with yourself and your speed when making up your plans.