It’s important to track what you eat but it’s even more important to efficiently provide the calories to your body in every meal throughout the day. When you skip meals or eat all at once you overload your body with too much empty calories due to the urge to unnecessarily indulge in food that we call ‘fast food’. Unprepared work weeks, unplanned meal plan, or simply being unorganized might be some of the reason. All these result in fat storage, weight gain and fatigue.
I have been through that stage myself and when I look back I realize the importance of meal planning during the week. Also, meal planning helps in avoiding too much repetition of the same food items the following weeks. With a proper plan we can provide a variety of food to our family along with balanced nutrition. We also get a chance to watch our portions consumed and maintain our healthy weights.
With my meal plans, healthy eating on work weeks have become possible in spite of the time crunch and not to forget within budget as well. With a thought out grocery list food does not go to waste anymore and I do not over shop and over stack my refrigerator and kitchen pantry. I do grocery shopping on a weekly basis which consists of mostly fresh produce, some healthy grains, legumes and dairy/nondairy products.
I have provided the meal planner in downloadable pdf document for your convenience, to print it and stick it on your refrigerator or save it on your desktop, whatever works for you. I sometimes use extra ordinary combinations in my recipes but that’s what my blog is all about, unique healthy recipes.
I have mentioned some healthy snack ideas here. I have shared the detailed dinner plan with recipe links, breakfast and lunch ideas also with recipe links in the pdf printable document.
Also don’t forget to read the health tips to stay motivated and in shape 🙂
For Mid-Morning Snacks – include smoothies into your diet to keep you hydrated and full till lunch time.
For Evening Snacks include some low fat yogurt, fresh or dry fruits and nuts. You can also opt for hot snacks if desired.