Good organization is important in any successful meal plan. As many people can say, meal planning is kind of hard to make but even harder to follow.
That is if you are not committed to it. It helps one to save on time and money in the supermarket.
I’ll get right to the points, and list you some of the ways to make it easier for you to organize your daily healthy meals.
1. Research meal ideas.
A good place to start your research is by asking people around you about some good meal ideas and if not, you can go online and find inspiration from other people.
Some companies in the UK are specialising in food prep and food delivery.
I would recommend that you read reviews before paying up for food delivery of food program services. a good place to start is by reading reviews about KBK Meal Prep.
If other people are happy about their services, you may go ahead and pay for it if not there are other good options.
2. Keep your favourite recipes organized
The meal planning process will be much easier and quicker if you have everything organized. You should arrange them from maybe what you have tried out to what you want to try out next.
You can make a board, or you can even find sites online that give you the type of recipes to try on.
Also, do make sure that your recipe contains all the nutrients you need in a meal. It should be a balanced diet with some:
- Vitamins, you should get to know the type of vitamins and minerals your body needs to add nutrients and other food supplements.
- Proteins, there are animal proteins and plant proteins like Quinoa.
- Carbohydrates are found in a wide ray of foods that is bread, beans, milk, and potatoes. They come in a variety of forms: sugars, fibres and starches.
3. Take inventory
After listing down all the food items you want to eat, and arranging your recipes in order, you should take a home food inventory.
This will allow you to know the foods that you don’t have and that which is available to you. Take the list from your recipes and check in your refrigerator and pantry areas whether something is lacking.
Note down what you are missing and its now time for shopping.
4. Shop at home
Start by looking at some of the foods in your fridge that have been there for too long and have not been used.
Start by using them, maybe they are about to expire, you should not let them go to waste; remember we are also saving on money.
Add the shop at home and supermarket sale options to your meal plan for the next few days. This is not the time to let food go to waste, know how to reduce food waste.
It is not sustainable and eco-friendly waste food at home. Stock only what is enough and what you will need.
5. Put it on your calendar
There is a famous David Allen’s quote that says, what gets scheduled gets done. Put down your meal planning ideas on your calendar.
That is the surest way to get it done. There are some things you should consider…do you want meals on alternating days?
Do you want to create theme nights such as meatless Monday and Taco Tuesday? Which days do you want to cook, and which days will you order in?
Ask yourself many good questions as you schedule your meals in your calendar.
6. Make your shopping list
You are ready to make your shopping list. Grab a long piece of paper or your phone and start listing out the foods you will need to note the amount of money you will need for shopping purposes.
List your foods by category. An example.
- Spaghetti sauce
- Italian bread
- Dairy: butter
- Produce: lettuce, cucumber, fresh garlic
- Fruits: oranges, apples
- Don’t overstuff the refrigerator
It is easy to get overwhelmed when the refrigerator is over full. Also, things get hidden in the fridge which may lead to things getting expired without your knowledge.
Don’t let things go bad. Keep your fridge airy and light with a sensible amount of food in it. Keep a list nearby of everything in the fridge, especially leftovers.
As a visual reminder of what remains to be eaten.