A couple of weeks ago, I posted my favorite tip when it comes to eating better on a budget. You can check it out here. Today, I thought I would share another of my favorite tips. This tip is the key to meal prep success! All you have to do is PLAN YOUR MENUS. Success rarely comes without a plan, and it is no different in the kitchen.
Planning menus may seem like just another task on your long list of to do’s. I promise that the extra effort is worth it in the long run. It sets us on the right track to create better health. The current challenge at our house is that it is hot! Who wants to spend time in the kitchen at the hottest time of the day heating things up in the oven? I don’t! Without a plan in place for quick, easy, and healthy meals, that don’t require a lot of heat, we would be left grasping for straws at dinner time.
The good news is that plenty of fresh fruits and veggies are available this year, both grocery stores and your local farmers’ market. Take advantage of the fresh, tasty produce at great prices. Live Well Utah has a great article about planning your menus around food found at farmers’ markets. You can read it here.
No matter the time of year, the same menu planning rules apply. Follow these links for my favorite menu planning tips and tricks:
As you get started planning your menu this week, visit the Eat Well Pinterest page and browse my “Low Heat / No Heat Recipes” board.
Check your local farmers’ market this week to see if you can pick up fresh, local ingredients. Enjoy!
Certified Nutrition Education Assistant