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How to Pick a Meal Plan That Works For You

How to Pick a Meal Plan That Works For You

Looking to start a healthy eating routine? There’s nothing better than getting started with a meal planning schedule to help keep you on track. Not only does it help you eat more home cooked meals, but also makes your experience of eating a mindful one, which means you’ll be reaping even more benefits of the healthy food you’re eating. But how do you choose a meal plan that works for you? Keep reading… We’ve got a few tips!

How to Pick a Meal Plan That Works for You:

Decide the Number of Meals

When you’re picking a meal plan, make sure you keep in mind the number of meals you’ll need to prepare for the week.  Consider everyone’s routine and schedule. Will everyone in the family eat the same meal plan or will you be preparing meals for yourself separately apart from the family?

Understand How Much Time You Have

Another important element to keep in mind when it comes to choosing a meal plan is understanding how much time you actually have on hand to prepare your meals. Do your recipes call for complex ingredients and processes? If you are short on time, make sure you select a meal plan that sticks to simple healthy recipes ready in under 30 minutes. Some meal plans need you to spend 45 minutes or more on a dinner on a weekday, and that may not be possible for you. Opting for such a meal plan can be a total letdown.

Choose the Recipes Carefully

Choosing the recipes for your meal plan is extremely crucial. Don’t just go with anything and hope for the best. Every family has different eating habits and preferences when it comes to food, and it is a good idea to try and stick as closely as possible to recipes that you’re familiar with, and those that are not too complicated and easy to create.

A good meal plan has recipes that include simple ingredients that are easy to procure and cook, and cooking procedures that are not too complicated and those that don’t take a lot of time.

Prepare Your Own or Select a Meal Subscription Box?

Today there are more meal subscription boxes available than ever that make sticking to a healthy diet and meal prepping quick and easy. Is the added cost worth the time you save not having to go to the market and prepping? 

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Tracy Iseminger

Tracy is a busy mother to 2 girls, 3 dogs, 5 cats, and 17 chickens! Her adventures in cooking led her to create Daily Dish Magazine. She has a passion for pairing food with travel and wine. She is Marketing Director at Crimson Vine Marketing, Social Media Specialist at Cougar Digital Marketing, and a Dental Hygienist in her spare time... but her favorite thing to do is spend time with her family.

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