5 reasons why you should plan your meals
Below are 5 reasons why you should have meal planning at the top of your weekly to-do list.
- Nutrition: By planning your meals in advance you can plan to have a balanced meal and ensure you have bought the right things in your food shop ready for the day that you need it. It is one way to ensure that you include a balance of vegetables, protein, and grains instead of throwing together a meal in 20 minutes after you have finished a busy day.
- Make healthier choices: When you throw together meals in a rush they tend to be quick easy foods such a processed food that just take 20 minutes to cook, or the easier option… going out to eat or grabbing a takeaway which is more likely going to exceed your daily calorie intake.
- Food quality: Fresh and homemade meals are more nutrient-dense and filled with less calories, salt, and fat than takeout or premade food that you may purchase at the supermarket. By planning your meals, you can make time to buy local or organic meats and produce.
- Money & time saving: By meal planning, you can create a shopping list, which can prevent you buying unnecessary ingredients that you may forget you had and end up binning at the end of the week. Generally, buying fresh produce and meats to cook your own meals works out cheaper for the quality and quantity of food that buying premade food or takeaways that you may be tempted to grab for a last-minute meal.
It may also keep you on track while shopping, looking for the items on the list and finding them in the shop rather than browsing and ending up with unhealthy snacks and goodies that you did not go shopping for, which will also save time from wandering up and down every isle in the supermarket aimlessly, trying to think of what you fancy for tea every day of the week.
Another way that this can help save time is being able to prepare meals as you know what you are eating in advance, this could be slicing vegetables for example or even other daily meals, like your breakfast for when you wake up in the morning, or your lunch to save time on your lunch break during working hours.
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Author: Performance To Summit Team – Dave Pickles & Fay Burrows