The 3 Week Diet

3 Easy Meal Planning Tips to Turn You Into an Expert

Countless people have sworn by the benefits of meal planning.

It saves a ton of money and energy. Plus, it has also improved people’s food choices. However, meal planning isn’t easy for everyone. Some have failed on their attempts at cooking a Barefoot Contessa-inspired meal. Others find it hard to make time to cook plenty of meals.

Whatever your struggle maybe, there are ways to become better at meal planning. Here are simple tips to get you started.

  1. Pick a meal planning style to suit your personality

All of us have different wants. That’s why it’s best to accord your meal plans with your personality. llie Krieger, RD, host of Healthy Appetite on the Food Network and author of The Food You Crave shares: “I plan my weekly meals by first deciding what three major proteins I’m going to eat, then I make them do double duty. If I buy a rotisserie chicken, I prepare a salad one night and chicken tacos the next. If I’m making roasted pork loin with veggies on Monday, I may use the leftover for pulled-pork sandwiches Wednesday night.”

  1. Shop during your best available time

Gauge when the best time to shop is. Are you freer during the evening or the afternoon? Do you have more spare time on the weekends or weekdays? “Shop on a day that works best for you,” says Toni Lydecker, author of Serves One: Simple Meals to Savor When You’re on Your Own. “Consider your market’s schedule by asking when it receives fresh shipments from vendors. Be flexible with your list, too: If you’re planning to cook asparagus one night but the green beans look better, go with the beans.”

  1. Make a list

Never, ever plan your meal without a shopping list. This saves you a ton of time and money. You don’t have to go aisle to aisle looking for what you need. Plus, it makes the entire process much quicker. While you’re at it, leave your kids at home. It’s going to take a longer time when they’re with you.

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