- Do you think, deciding what to make is more time consuming than making the dish itself?
- Do you want to eat healthily but end up eating junk every other day?
- Do you spend a fortune on groceries and yet frequently order food online?
Well if your answer is YES to any of the above then you are not alone. Hi, I am mom of a 1-year-old kid, a full time IT consultant and in these lockdown days, I am also a maid, a cook, a laundry lady, and whatnot. I have so many things on my plate that managing all is a huge task and above all WHAT TO COOK dilemma is constant stress. So I gave meal planning and prepping a try. Below are some wonderful benefits that I experienced from meal planning.
1. Saves Money
Meal planning helps in saving a lot of money. I personally save more than Rs. 5000/- every month. Some of the ways in which meal planning helps you in saving money are
No eating out or ordering food online
When you plan your meals well in advance, there is less chance that you will order food or eat outside, hence you save money that would otherwise be wasted in eating outside unhealthy food.
No purchase of extra or unnecessary groceries
You will go grocery shopping with a list of groceries that will be needed in making dishes as per meal plan, hence the unnecessary purchase of extra groceries or purchase of junk items like chips, biscuits, Maggi can be avoided.
2. Saves Time
With a proper meal plan you can save time that would otherwise be wasted in deciding what to make, also meal prepping well in advance can help you save precious time in your daily cooking.
3. Promotes healthy eating
When you plan your meals maintaining a balanced diet, you will end up eating healthy food. Also, home-cooked meals are any day healthier than junk food. I mean just imagine that you are coming home from the office late in the evening then what are the odds that you will pick up okra lying in your fridge and make curry out of it from scratch. You would rather grab a packet of cookies and go off to bed. However with proper meal planning and prepping chances of cooking curry are high. Hence meal planning promotes healthier eating habits.
4. Reduces food wastage
When you plan your meals you tend to consume what is already present in the pantry and fridge and then buy new items. Also having a grocery list will prevent you from buying surplus items because when you buy extra groceries or veggies and don’t plan your meals, these items go bad or they might also expire.
5. Reduces Stress
Meal plans will save you from the stress of WHAT TO MAKE. Also when you will eat healthily and save a lot of time and money, your stress levels will come down automatically.
So these were some of the benefits that I experienced from meal planning and prepping. Having said that I must also admit that with each passing day I am learning more and more about meal planning. So if you want to join me in my journey of getting a healthier lifestyle then you are more than welcome to follow me on Instagram my handle is shiwaniv. Also, feel free to drop your suggestions and feedback at email@example.com