Where the heck has the summer gone?!? I mean we just started to get used to the lazy days by the pool, late nights for the kids (and myself), and no schedule to follow.
I just got my littlest BACK to SCHOOL yesterday and now taking my older son school shopping next week!
I don't know about you, but for me September is like the start of a New Year. You get things back on schedule, and with that comes packing lunches and planning meals for those week nights when it seems EVERYTHING is going on at once.
The Food Marketing Institute has recently reported that 71% of us are cooking at home more often these days. That means more people are sitting in rush hour traffic rummaging through their cupboards and fridge in their minds, trying to figure out what's for dinner.
Naturally, home cooking has fewer calories and more nutritional value than restaurant meals but are you maximizing your savings or adding to your stress when you eat at home?
The average household wastes 14% of the food they buy due to poor planning and wastage. If you spend $100 a week on groceries, 14% is the equivalent of three homemade gourmet lunches.
By planning your meals you only shop for the fresh items you need for the week, thus reducing wastage and worry. Any extra portions can be labelled with the date and frozen right after you make them so they avoid becoming funky experiments in the back of the fridge.
Here are 3 Meal Planning ideas for you to work with immediately
1) When you plan meals, make sure to include enough foods from each food group, with special attention to fresh vegetables and fruits for every meal as well as snacks.
2) Frozen fish, frozen vegetables and even frozen fruit are also good to keep on hand for quick entrees, side dishes and smoothies when you haven't had a chance to buy fresh ingredients.
3) With meat becoming more and more expensive you need to diversify your cooking skills and learn techniques to stretch your food dollar. For instance, braising or slow cooking cheaper cuts of meat is an easy way to save on meat.
Soups, casseroles and salads are all great ways to pepper in a little meat instead of serving it in one big chunk.
The benefits of meal planning are numerous and getting started is surprisingly simple. All you need to do is jot down your meals before you go grocery shopping, know what you have on hand, and write out your shopping list so you buy only what you need.
To expedite this process, I am launching a 6 and 12 Week Balanced & Vitality Program starting in October!
The program will be help in 2 different ways:
- Closed Facebook Group
- or One on One either in person or through skype/video!
More details will be released over the next few weeks regarding this AMAZING program! Not only will this help with the meal planning (you will be receiving complete meal plans, grocery lists etc), but will help with those pesky summer pounds we all see to put on! Ah hello....Ice Cream anyone?!?
Make sure you get on my Newsletter list, by clicking here, to ensure you get VIP status for this program!
So with that, go enjoy the last few weeks of summer, go get that bathing suit on and HAVE FUN!! That's what life is all about isn't it :)
Remember, getting your healthy balance starts at the Table
Certified Holistic Nutrition and Wellbeing Counselor