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Eating healthy and staying on a budget is no easy feat.

In fact, most people complain that eating healthy is just not possible with their budget.

That’s where a Meal Plan is the game-changer.

Planning meals will help keep you motivated to eat better, and help you resist the urge to eat out when things get busy.

Eating out costs more money and can be not as healthy!

Here is your guide on how to create a meal plan for healthy eating.

Eat Seasonal Produce

Produce is most expensive when it is out of season.

Before heading to the store or making your meal plan, make sure to do a little research to find out what produce is going to be in season.

Eating seasonal produce can help you plan a healthy meal plan and help you stick to your budget.

Find some other ways to save on Produce HERE!

Look At Your Prices

When putting together your meal plan, there are a few things you want to look for when planning your meals.

The price of canned, fresh, and frozen produce.

If you are shopping seasonally, it might not matter which you choose.

However, canned or frozen are usually going to be cheaper than fresh produce.

Not only will they have a longer shelf life, but if you are shopping for an entire month’s worth of meals, this can help you make sure you have produce in your meal plan each week.

Keeping your ingredient list short will save you money at checkout, and also help make sure you follow through on your meal plan.

We also try to think about what gives us the most nutritional benefit for the money. Yes, mac and cheese is quite delicious, but it really doesn’t give you the health benefits as much as a salad would. So we skip the mac and cheese and just opt for one side dish, a healthy one!

Keeping your ingredient list short will save you money at checkout, and also help make sure you follow through on your meal plan.

We also try to think about what gives us the most nutritional benefit for the money. Yes, mac and cheese is quite delicious, but it really doesn’t give you the health benefits as much as a salad would. So we skip the mac and cheese and just opt for one side dish, a healthy one!

Make Sure You Are Planning Your Meals By Expiration

When you are working with a lot of fresh produce and ingredients, you want to make sure you aren’t leaving them in your fridge too long.

You can help keep your produce fresh longer by either freezing it until you’re ready to use it or by prepping your meals ahead of time.

If you don’t want to deal with either of those, then plan your meals in a way that will let you use the ingredients with the shortest shelf life first.

Keep Your Recipes Organized By Skill Level And Cook Time

Having a list of recipes you can go to that take only a few minutes to put together, or that you can make quickly, is going to make meal planning so much easier!

These are meals you can reference when you’re short on time and help you put together a meal plan quickly.

Just check out Pinterest for a huge list of 15 Minute Healthy Meals!

Save Your Previous Meal Plans

Every time you make a meal plan, save your old meal plans!

This is a quick and easy way to put together meals for the week when you are in a pinch, and you can also use them as a reference when you are fresh out of ideas.

This is also a great way to help you remember dishes you may have forgotten about or haven’t had in a while.

Consult Your Family Members In Your Meal Plan

When putting together a healthy meal plan, you want to make sure they are meals your family will eat.

A healthy meal plan won’t do anyone any good if nobody eats it

Sit down with your family and give them options to pick from. Allow them to be part of the planning process and even assign someone a day to pick a meal.

If you are nervous about overspending, have your family put together a list of their favorite meals and use this as your reference when planning meals.

Keep things like snacks and drinks in mind too to make sure you have enough food on hand and enough options available.

Healthy eating doesn’t just happen overnight, especially if it doesn’t come naturally for you.

If you put together a meal plan, you’ll not only save yourself time but money as well!

Meal planning doesn’t have to take a lot of work and can be done just a few minutes each week.

 

YOUR TURN: Do you make all the meal decisions? Would your family help you with a meal plan? Let me know in the comments below!

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