Hello divas! I hope that you are having a fantastic weekend so far. The weather is a little on the wet side here in Tennessee but it is still warm so I can’t complain too much. It is a good time to stay in, watch some March Madness basketball and do some planning and prepping for the week ahead. One of the things that the hubby and I always do on the weekends is plan our meals for the following week. This is a great way that helps us stay on track with our fitness and health goals. I am so happy to be working with Healthy Choice today to share some hacks for easy meal planning.
You probably have heard and read that planning your meals is essential when it comes to maintaining a healthy diet. I mean if you have all your meals planned and prepped before the week starts, there really is no excuse for NOT eating healthy right? But what happens if you don’t have a whole lot of time to actually plan and prep those meals? The good news is that it doesn’t have to be complicated or difficult.
Set time aside to plan your meals. The first and most important thing to do is set aside a little time each week to jot out what you want to make. This can be as simple as writing a list of meals for the week that from which you will make your grocery list. This does’t have to take that long and it is good to know that you always have a certain time each week to make sure you are ready to go.
Buy in bulk. Buying some of your food staples in bulk will save you both time and money when it comes to planning your meals. If you keep healthy foods close by, you are more likely to actually use them. By buying in bulk, you know what you have on hand when planning meals which saves time. Your budget will also love you as it is cheaper to buy things in larger quantities typically and you won’t be purchasing unnecessary items.
Prep when you can. Any amount of prep work you can do when you have time will be a big help for those super busy days. If I can, I always try to do things like cook or bake my veggies, grains, beans, etc. ahead of time and store them in the fridge. This makes it super easy to throw a meal together when you just don’t have time or you need something healthy for lunch at work.
Save time with pre-cooked meals. Lastly, one thing that I always do is try to save time when I can with pre-cooked foods. Frozen, pre-cooked chicken is great for things like salads as you only have to microwave the grilled chicken for 90 seconds then throw it over the salad itself. You can also buy rotisserie chicken and store leftovers for later in the week. I also like the frozen vegetables that you steam in the microwave those times of year when certain veggies are out of season. But I save the most time with frozen meals like Healthy Choice’s Simply Café Steamers.
Healthy Choice Simply Café Steamers uses 100 percent all natural proteins and and ingredients that are steamed to transform simple ingredients into vibrant, crisp vegetables and juicy proteins for a delicious, fresh taste. The Simply varieties are part of the brand’s Café Steamers line, the first and only meals featuring a tray-in-tray steam cooking method that separates ingredients during heating to unlock freshness you can see and taste.
The line contains nearly a dozen meals, all with less than 310 calories and more than 18 grams of 100-percent natural protein in a variety of flavors. My favorite is the Southwestern Style Chicken with its 14g of net carbs, 6g of fiber and 23g of protein. It is the perfect quick dinner or yummy lunch at work.
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I want to hear from all you fabulous meal planners! What do you do to make planning your meals and eating a healthy diet easier?
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.