Creating a meal plan is something I’ve struggled on and off with my entire adult life, I’m so spontaneously indecisive even when I’ve made a decision so deciding what to eat in well in advance was a huge no, however, due to my fitness journey I’ve decided I needed that meal plan as I hate counting calories every single day, every single meal. Instead I workout the calories in my meal plan and add them together to calculate my daily calorie intake, it also makes sense budget wise, having the same meals means I’m spending roughly the same amount every week or every month so really it’s a win, win situation.
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How To Create A Meal Plan
Create Your Menu
Make a list of all your favourite meals and the exact ingredients you need for them. Make sure to include a couple of quick and easy meals, freezable meals and some in season vegetables!
Create Your Plan
You’ll need a sheet with the days of the week, the meals and the snacks you’d usually have will need a box each. Luckily for you, I have a quick and easy downloadable you can access here.
A couple of things to keep in mind:
What meals have leftovers and where can you fit them in?
What meals can you freeze?
What meals can on the go? (for lunches)
When you’ll be going shopping and how long fresh veg will last?
Create a Shopping List
I find the easiest way to do this is to write two lists, a weekly list and a monthly list so I can separate things I’ll need to purchase every week and things that last a lot longer that I may only need to purchase every month. I’ve also included this all together in my meal plan and downloadable that you can grab here.
After you’ve created your plan you need to try and test it out against your routine and budget. For example, you’ll need to check how long preparation may take and ask yourself if it’s do-able, how it compares to the budget you had in mind and is it satiable to your taste. I’d say you’d need four weeks to completely test it out.
Revise and Review
Once you’ve adjusted any issues that may have come up you can revise and review regularly also change it up. I’d say changing it up every 4-6 months to stop you get bored of the same meals. You don’t have to change all the meals at the same time, one every few weeks should suffice.
Click HERE for your very own DIY Meal Plan Downloadable and create your own meal plan!
*Please make a copy for yourself before adding any information.
Need containers? I recommend these from Amazon, BPA free, dishwasher and freezer safe!
For some Meat Free Meal Plan Inspiration check out this post by sugar pink food.
Have you tried meal planning before or will you give it a go?