Hi friends! A few of the most common questions that I receive both in person, and here on the blog is "Do you meal plan? Do you meal prep? And if so, how (to both questions)?" I thought I would answer the questions here on the blog, then share with you how I do this. Here we go! Do I meal plan? Yes.
How do I meal plan? Each Sunday I fill in a spreadsheet that I made in Excel (OCD, much?) with general meal ideas for each day of the week. IE: for dinner on Monday evening I may put "taco salad." Once the sheet is filled out, I write exactly what I need for each day in the form of a shopping list. I mean exactly (down to the coconut oil I may use to sauté something). I then go through my refrigerator and pantry to cross reference what I already have in stock and don't need to buy. This may sound like several steps, but I've got it down to about 10 minutes. I cross off those items on the list. I'm a TJ's gal, so I head to the store and get all my ingredients.
Side note: A few things...While my meal plan is just for Greg and I, this can be done for a single person, or a huge family. No limitations, amigos! Not only does meal planning save me time and energy, but it also keeps me mindful of what I am putting in my body. Another benefit is that it also saves us a bunch of $!
Do I meal prep? Sorta. My version of prepping is getting my snacks ready. I like to chop up my veggies and stick them in individual bags, as well as put individual containers on hummus/dip/nut butter with them. This is great for us to just grab and go. Another thing I like to do is make smoothie bags and stick them in the freezer (I make extras during the summer, too). I chop up bananas, spinach, berries, etc., throw them in individual bags, and toss in the freezer. This makes it soooo simple when I'm in a rush, or want to make something quickly.
When it comes to my main meals (especially dinner), I like to take my time and really get into cooking. This also helps me relax. If prepping your meals is something you enjoy doing, more power to ya! :)
I hope this is helpful for you! For your convenience, I also am sharing my meal planning spreadsheet. Feel free to download, and use for your own meal planning.
Download here: The Happy Healthy Balance Meal Prepping Sheet
See you tomorrow for my Foodie PenPal Reveal!