I hate to even say when I last planned meals regularly in advance (like, never). Even though I can do a pretty good job of winging it, it’s really not the best way to live. I hate it when I decide to make a recipe for dinner and then don’t have the necessary ingredients.
So it’s time for a new 30-day challenge (30 days if I start on the last weekend of this month). I LOVE 30-day challenges. I always feel great when I start a positive new habit and accomplish tasks I’ve been putting off.
My 30-day challenge for next month is to plan meals for the next week each Saturday … and put those plans into my weekly shopping list. I know it’ll be a very positive change to plan meals in advance … healthier and a good way to save some money.
My Weekly Meal-Planning 30-Day Challenge
My husband and I have been vegetarians for over 40 years, but we’re trying to become more vegan-ish. For us, that means eating primarily vegan meals at least 5 days a week. Except when we eat out, we’re typically gluten-free as well.
I’ve been using my daughter’s awesome Ultimate Health and Fitness Planner 2016 (and no, it’s not too late to start using it). I already use the grocery shopping list, which has effortlessly made me more efficient in my grocery shopping. Now I’m ready to start using the “Weekly Meal Plan” sections, too. I’m excited at the thought of having healthy meals planned before my week gets started!
There’s even a place in the planner to plan snacks for the week. My 2-year-old granddaughter, Zoey, and I have fun baking healthy gluten-free muffins together. We also love to have snacks of cashews and raw carrots together. Every day Zoey visits, I hear her sweet voice say at least once during the afternoon: “Eat cashews with me, Grandma.” I’ll have fun trying some new recipes with Zoey!
Please join me! I’d love to hear about your meal planning. If you’re doing a different 30-day challenge, I’d love to hear about that, too.
Photo Credit: Photo by Markus Mainka.