Updated: Sep 9, 2021
Meal planning. How do you feel about it? Some people love it, some people hate it. In this article we’ll discuss some of the many benefits of practicing it.
Here is a list of some benefits to meal planning:
Meal planning allows you to create a comprehensive grocery list. After you pick your recipes you’ll know exactly what ingredients you’ll need to create them. No more getting halfway through a recipe and then realizing you are missing a key ingredient that you thought you had or didn’t realize you would need.
Less trips to the grocery store because you got everything you needed the first time.
You can avoid making the same meals all the time. Variety is the spice of life!
Meal planning allows you to try new meals with new ingredients. Plus, you’ll know exactly how much time you need to block off to cook each new recipe.
You can plan meals that fit into your schedule for that week. Bonus points if you can anticipate what kind of food you and your family will want/need that night based on your schedule.
You can plan healthy meals instead of giving into the temptation to make something unhealthy or just picking the quickest option when you are hungry and trying to decide what to make.
There is the potential to save money if you end up cooking at home more instead of picking up takeout on the way home.
Less food waste. This is because you’ll actually use the ingredients you bought. We all buy things we don’t need or forget what we bought and let it go to waste if we don’t have a plan.
Peace of mind. No more 4pm stress of “What am I going to make for dinner tonight?!” You can rest easy knowing you have a plan and you have the ingredients needed. Plus, you can get excited about the meal coming up!
Consider these benefits as you make your next grocery run or the next time you make a meal. In the next blog post we’ll discuss how to make meal planning a part of your life.