22 Jul Meal Planning Made Easy
“Works best with diet and exercise.” Does this statement sound familiar? You might recognize it from the label of every nutrition and workout supplement on the market. While the supplement may or may not live up to its claim, it’s safe to say that this familiar statement is on the label for a reason.
Since you’re working hard at boot camp, you’ve got the exercise portion covered. Now, let’s discuss what you can do at home in your kitchen to make your health and fitness goals a reality – meal planning.
Each week, we’ll provide you with recipes to help you eat well. While we hope these recipes are helpful to you, wouldn’t it be awesome if you had a meal planning template to use beyond the seven weeks of boot camp?! We think so too. Linked below you will find recipes to get you started for meal planning week one. Additionally, here’s our recipe card for meal planning made easy. Enjoy!
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Meal Planning Made Easy
(Servings: a lifetime, Time: minimal, Difficulty: easy)
- Protein (animal or plant-based)
- Carbohydrate (the less processed the better)
- Vegetable (fresh, frozen, canned, raw, baked, broiled, grilled, steamed, etc.; unfortunately corn, potatoes, and peas fall into the carb category instead of the veggies)
- Healthy fat (optional, but a great addition when possible)
- Grab a pen and paper OR your favorite piece of technology
- Make a list of your favorite foods in each category of the “ingredients” above. Keep this food bank somewhere safe because you’ll be referencing it every time you meal plan.
- In one column, jot down “P:” for protein, “C:” for carb, “V:” for veggie, “HF:” for healthy fat. Repeat for as many meals as you would like to plan.
- Fill in your column by choosing from your food bank. Repeat until you feel like a meal planning champ or planned the number of meals you were aiming for.
- Scan your pantry, fridge, and freezer for the ingredients you need for the planned meals. Don’t have it? Start your grocery list.
- Pat yourself on the back for a job well done! Find a friend at boot camp and swap meal plans to tag team the following week.
RECIPES FOR THIS WEEK
By Victoria Emmitt RD