It is the world of instant coffee and noodles, snacks already packed and ready to eat, and chocolates away at arm’s reach. In a world that’s moving with the speed of light, it is not easy to make wholesome food choices. Therefore, one should always plan if they want to eat food that is healthy and wholesome. Here meal planning plays an important role.
What Is Meal Planning?
Meal planning is a way to ensure that all the nutrients necessary for the body are present in our diet. It helps pay attention to our diet and the consumption of fruits and vegetables too.
Benefits Of Meal Planning:
- Meal planning helps us save time. We invest a lot of time in deciding what to eat. Going shopping and cleaning after eating also takes time. Meal planning help avoids last-minute trips to the groceries and fewer sighs of frustration on not understanding what to eat.
- Portion Monitor: If you want to control weight or have some problem that requires keeping a check on a particular constituent, meal planning is the best bet.
- Reduces food wastage: Meal planning helps us keep a check on what’s in the pantry or fridge and thus, reduces food wastage.
- Meal planning helps in avoiding unhealthy food choices.
Hacks For Healthy Eating:
- We eat what is visible to us: Rather than keeping an entire apple or an orange as it is in our bags. Everyone should take some time out to peel and cut them. Always store fruits or healthy snacks in a box for easy carrying and readily available.
- Instead of snacks or treats, make sure healthy choices are the first ones you lay your eyes on when you open your fridge or pantry.
- Already cut vegetables like carrots or celery lose their crunch sometimes. So always store them in jars containing water. It helps them remain fresh for a longer time. Change this water every day to ensure they stay clean and healthy.
- Attention to the seed: Nut butter is a healthy choice on its own. But one can mix other healthy seed options like flaxseeds, chia seeds, hemp seeds, roasted sesame seeds into the butter and store them in the jar. This butter mix can be used on toast and sandwiches and makes a better alternative to butter, mayonnaise, etc.
- Smoothies and spicing them up: Keeps the ingredients to make your smoothie ready on a jar so that all you have to do is blend them with milk. Consuming the same smoothie can be boring so, one can also keep the secret ingredient frozen zucchini and white seeds ready for creamier and even healthier smoothies.
Nourish The soul Too:
It is necessary to nourish the cells. But the soul needs to be happy too for a person to be healthy. A happy soul comes from eating what the heart desires. So it is okay to sometimes order in or going out with friends. Never be caught in numbers and always understand being healthy and being thin are not synonyms. The aim is to be healthy and not light.
Planning does not mean sticking to it 100% is humanly not possible. However, Bur planning does help us guide towards healthier choices.