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Meal planning can be overwhelming. But when you have a system in place meal planning should just take minutes. See what’s on our menu this week and how I break down the task of meal planning.
Breaking Down Meal Planning
Sitting down to plan out a week of meals can be intimidating. But when you have a system in place your meal plan will come together in minutes.
I like to break my meal planning down into three steps:
- Plan Meals
- Write Grocery List
- Grocery Shop
Planning out your meals and figuring out what you’re going to eat is the first step. After you plan you need to make a list of all the ingredients you need to make your plan actually happen. Then you need to actually shop for the groceries.
So meal planning doesn’t become overwhelming I spread the three steps out over three days. If you check out my post on Getting into a Routine, you’ll see I meal plan on Wednesdays (see video below), write my list on Thursdays and shop on Fridays.
Meal Planning System
I’ve systemized my meal planning so it only takes me about 20 minutes each week.
First, I fill in my breakfast, which is usually Shakeology. I copy and paste that for all my breakfasts.
Then, I choose two morning snacks (aka second breakfast) for the week and alternate them.
Next, I add a lunch for Sunday.
After that, I pick two afternoon snacks for the week and alternate them.
Now all I have left is to pick meals for dinner. I use leftovers from dinner for lunch the next day.
And that’s it!
WEEKLY LIVE MEAL PLANNING
Want to see how I meal plan in real time? Check out this week’s live meal planning video.
Be sure to join me every Wednesday around 4:00 pm Central for a Live Meal Planning session in the Healthy Meal Planning, Easy Recipes & Beachbody Support group on Facebook. Click the link to join now
PRINTABLE WEEKLY MENU
The weekly menu is a word doc so you can download and make changes to suit your needs. Just click on the image below to download, edit and print.