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 and unnecessary indulgence which may be due to unprepared work weeks, unplanned meal plan, or simply unorganized. All these result in fat storage, weight gain and fatigue.
I have been through that stage. 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 inspite of the time crunch and not to forget within budget as well. Our foods don’t go to a waste anymore and I do not over shop and over stack my refrigerator and kitchen pantry. I do grocery shopping on a weekly basis. It 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. Feel free to print it and stick it on your refrigerator or save it on your desktop, whatever works for you. Sometimes, I 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. The detailed dinner plan with recipe links including breakfast and lunch ideas is shared 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.