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4 Simple Tips To Help You Meal Plan Like A Pro

Read this if you're eager to get your meal-planning game in order.

When it comes to eating healthy, it’s often hard for people to know what to buy without spending a ton of money and without wasting food. This is where meal planning comes in—except it can be easier said than done.

Meal planning is a great way to come up with healthy meals ahead of time. If you already have a meal planned, you won’t be as tempted to eat something bad for you when hunger strikes. Meal planning is also a great way to utilize all your groceries and save money.

It’s not uncommon to feel overwhelmed when it comes to building your grocery list and putting together your meals, however. Here are some important things to think about if you want to start doing a better job of planning your meals:

1. Figure Out A System Of Organization

Coming up with all your meals in your head isn’t the best idea — you’ll want to keep a list so nothing gets lost in the shuffle, or even worse, you forget. There are plenty of menu-planning templates you can use online to get you started. You could even make your own dry-erase menu planner to hang on your kitchen wall.

2. Start Simple

Make a few easy meals early in the week. This gets you off on the right foot, plus you’ll have leftovers you can use for meals later in the week. For instance, make a baked chicken on Day 1, and then on Day 2, add some of that leftover chicken into a salad.

3. Outsource A Couple Meals Each Week

Eating meals at home is a great way to save money, but it takes a lot of planning and effort to eat ALL seven dinners at home each week. The alternative is to order in or eat out, which—as we all know—is expensive and not all that healthy. Some savvy meal planners have started incorporating a couple meal delivery services into their weekly menus to save them time and money.

Meal delivery service Home Chef, for example, delivers all the ingredients you need for a delicious home-cooked meal—for less than $10 per person. And you can make the meals generally in about 30 minutes or less, which is a plus.

Note, if you want to test out Home Chef, enter the promo code SIMPLEMOST 30 to get $30 off your first delivery box.

4. Get Creative

Sometimes you have a lot of one food left, and you’re not exactly stoked about eating it. This is what blogs and cookbooks are for. Browse online for recipes that inspire and motivate you. If you have to use up what you have, at least make something good with it.

It might seem difficult at first to get into the meal-planning groove, but start small and the easier it will become.

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