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Meal Plan Basics

Developing a meal planning habit is no different than making any other lifestyle changes. To help your success, start small and slowly add steps.

Begin by planning out just a few meals or snacks for the week ahead. You can slowly build upon your plan by adding in more meals as you gain confidence

Make sure to consider incorporating foods from each food group

The healthiest meal plan emphasizes whole foods, such as fruits, vegetables, legumes, whole grains, lean protein, and healthy fats, while limiting refined grains, added sugars, and excess salt.

Now’s a perfect time to check out your favorite recipes. As you are browsing think about each food group. If any of them are missing, make a point to fill in the gaps.

Prep fruit and vegetables as soon as you get them home. Store in glass containers in the fridge. If you open your refrigerator to find a freshly prepared fruit salad or carrot and celery sticks ready for snacking, you’re more likely to reach for those items when you’re hungry.

Invest in the right containers. Quality storage containers will allow to re-heat your meals and eat from them and they last forever. Having varying shapes and sizes of containers is a great way to measure portion control

Click here for a Sample Weekly Menu

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