It’s time for another 30 Day Challenge!
I was trying to think of another area of my life that I need to work on, and I decided on meal planning! I’m assuming that if I need to work on it, many others do as well.
Here is the background for why I’m choosing this 30 Day Simple Meal Plan Challenge:
- I am busy (work part-time, two kids under 5 years, lots of laundry to do, dishes to wash, blog posts to write)
- I want my family to eat healthy
- I know that if you don’t plan it, you probably won’t eat it!
- Save money
Are you with me? Do you find yourself frazzled and stressed about what to cook for dinner almost every night?
If so, you are not alone! Our culture is so fast-paced and we lead busy lifestyles. I don’t think many people truly live a Martha Stewart-type of lifestyle, even if they appear to!
An interesting tidbit in the world of nutrition: when I was becoming certified in Adult Weight Management in Atlanta this year, the topic came up of eating breakfast and weight loss. You’ve probably heard a million times that eating breakfast can help you lose weight. The question is: why?
Some may say that it gets your metabolism going in the morning, others may say it helps to prevent overeating later in the day. I think both of these can be true, but I wonder if part of the reason is just simply that people who eat breakfast tend to be more conscientious in their meal planning.
We’ve all done it one time or another: you run out the door for work or to take your kids to school without eating a bite. Why? Too rushed and not enough time to sit down and eat a small breakfast. Most likely if this is the case, you may have also not even thought about what you will eat for lunch, much less dinner.
Here is my challenge to you (and to myself): Every week, let’s plan a simple menu for the week and do our best to stick to it! My goal for our family is to not eat out or “just grab something” (which is easy to do if you haven’t planned ahead).
As a Registered Dietitian, I will show you a simple, healthy meal plan each week that I am using for my family. Some of these meals may not suit your family, but hopefully a lot of them will!
The focus will be dinner planning, as this tends to be the most challenging for our family (and probably yours).
I am going to use a lot of my tried and true recipes that I know my family will enjoy and I know will not require too much time in the kitchen.
However, no one wants to get stuck in a rut! I am going to be trying new ones as well, and I’ll let you know how that goes. (So often, I find a recipe that could use a little tweaking to be healthier.)
Follow me on this 30 Day Simple Meal Plan Challenge to a less-stressed, healthier mealtime with the family!