Here are 5 REASONS why:
By planning in advance, you can aim to have nutritionally well-balanced meals throughout the week. For example, you can make sure each of your dinners have the requisite veggies, protein, and grains.
Planning your meals ultimately allows you to take control of your own personal nutrition needs. Whether you have to stick to a lower sodium diet or want only to eat whole grains and veggies, you can plan for it!
If you have to come up with something to eat last minute, you'll find yourself probably going out for dinner instead. As a result, you are most likely to end up exceeding your daily calorie and sodium intake!
When you shop hungry, you are more likely to throw junk food into your cart.
Homemade meals are almost always more nutrient-dense and filled with less calories, salt, and fat than takeout or quick ready-made options at your grocery store.
Choosing your own recipes and ingredients for the week allows you to make important food choices, such as buying local meats or organic produce.
Having a meal plan prevents you from throwing out ingredients you forgot you had in the fridge. You can create meal plans that specifically allow you to use up whatever you have in your cupboards.
You can also start fresh by creating grocery lists based on your meal plans. This way you’ll go to the grocery store with purpose rather than on a whim and you won’t come out with a dozen random unhealthy food items, most of which you won’t eat.
In addition, your meal plan will save you money by preventing you from ordering costly last minute takeouts.
The daily “what’s for dinner” and “healthy nutrition” thought that plague our minds throughout the day is a constant stress to have, but it's easily prevented by having a plan.
You can always reuse meal plans and grocery lists to help cut down on planning and prep time. A two-week seasonal meal plan may be enough variety for yourself and your family.
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MyEMS Fitness Team