Children have large appetites.
They constantly ask for a meal or snack every now and then. But despite the added work of preparing 4 or 5 meals a day, it’s a good thing. Your kids want to eat. However, it could turn bad if not addressed correctly.
Simply feeding them something convenient, like fast food or canned food, is a no-no. It could lead to malnourishment or obesity.
That’s why, as a mother, it’s best to plan for meals ahead.
You don’t have to spend hours on end trying to create a meal plan. You only need to follow these 3 steps:
- Make a list of your and your kids’ favorite meals
This step will take a little bit of time, but it will be worth it. The list should be long and made of your kids’ favorite breakfast, lunch, dinner and snack meals.
The list is created for your reference. You can get away with having one food being eaten always once a week. For example, patty night or meatballs night. But that shouldn’t be done often.
You don’t want to repeat meals. By having a list, you’ll be more prepared. You’ll also save money because you can expect what ingredients are left after cooking.
- Make a meal plan
Use a calendar to create a meal plan. Be disciplined and follow through.
Figure out what your meat will be during the night. It will save more time since you’ll think less and do more. Having a theme every night is also a good idea.
The key here is find your comfort zone first. Find a system that works for you. Start out easy. Make simple meals that you’ve done more than twice and are easy to prepare. As you get more comfortable, include more variety in your meal plan
- Make a shopping list
The final step is making a shopping list. This is a short list of what you need to get from the store for the week. Your list could be a list of spices, side items, things for quick meals, freezer bags and etc.
Before creating the shopping list, go to your pantry. Find out what ingredients are left and then make the list of what to buy. Once you know what’s needed, then you can go out shopping.
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