Planning and preparing meals ahead of time is an activity that can bring you a lot of benefits. It will not only save you time, but will for sure help you stay on a healthy eating track. Plus, it saves you money too.
To understand what meal planning is – it’s the “art” (yup) of planning nutritious meals and snacks for a specified time period. After you’re done planning, you shop for corresponding ingredients to start your Meal Prep which is preparing, portioning and cooking your meals ahead of time.
Now let’s dig in deeper into the many benefits of Meal Planning & Preparation with these 5 reasons:
1. You will eat healthier.
Most of the time, a busy schedule is the main culprit for an unhealthy lifestyle. Having a planned and prepped meal means that you will always have healthy food and snacks ready on the go. You are more likely to stick to your healthy diet even if you are running errands, busy at work or doing chores, instead of grabbing junk food or ordering fast food.
2. You will have more variety in your meals.
Planning and preparing ahead of time make it easy to have a variety in your meals. You can mix up your sides, use different spices, alternate between chicken, beef, lamb or fish. It will definitely help you avoid having to eat the same meals over and over again.
3. You will save time.
It saves you from the hassle of preparing and cooking your meals in the morning or after work, which is very time consuming. Such a bummer if you’re already hungry or late for work. Planning ahead allows you to portion your ingredients in advance, or cook things in bulk and just keep in the freezer.
4. You will save money.
With meal planning, you shop for groceries more efficiently and always having a meal ready at home makes you eat out less – which saves you a lot of money. Also, you are less prone to wasting food (which is wasting money too) since you are most likely going to use all the food that you’ve prepared for that certain period of time.
5. You will be less stressed.
Lastly, you won’t have to deal with the stress of deciding on what to cook every night or not having food ready to eat when hungry or simply the tiring and time-consuming chore of preparing and cooking your meals everyday.