Planning meals and snacks ahead of time helps you stick to your goals, save money and reduce stress by putting you in control of day-to-day life.
- Look at your calendar. Think about the week ahead and plan your meals and snacks around your work obligations, social schedule and other commitments.
- Check your pantry/freezer. Doing this helps avoid buying ingredients you already have.
- Choose recipes. Select recipes with at least two similar ingredients. Aim for fish at least twice a week. Plan vegetable and whole grain side dishes based on entrees.
- Make a grocery list. Being organized and having a list maximizes your time at the store and your budget.