1. SAVING TIME
By planning and preparing meals in advance, you can save time throughout the week by not having to decide what to make or shop for ingredients each day. Sure, preparing all your food for the week takes a few hours. However, carving out that time over the weekend can save you time later in the week.
2. SAVING MONEY
Meal planning can help you to save money by allowing you to purchase ingredients in bulk, take advantage of sales and discounts, and reduce food waste. People tend to think that healthy foods are expensive. It is much less expensive to make a healthy chopped salad at home than to buy one for lunch Monday through Friday! Skip going out to eat over your lunch break and bring your own.
3. IMPROVED NUTRITION
By planning your meals in advance, you can ensure that you are getting a balanced and nutritious diet, rather than relying on processed or convenience foods. Good nutrition is an important part of a healthy lifestyle and can really help you reach your fitness goals. As long as the meals you are preparing are healthy (and you actually eat them), it will be easier to stay on track and reach your goals in terms of health.
4. INCREASED ORIGNIZATION
Meal planning can help you to stay organized and on track with your eating habits, making it easier to stick to your dietary goals. By preparing your meals ahead of time you have to worry about having too many carbs early on that I don’t have any left for dinner. You have already done some of that planning so it balances throughout the day. Plus, you know your meals are made with healthy, clean eating foods so you don’t have to think twice about what’s going into your body.
5 . REDUCED STRESS
By having a plan in place for meals, you can reduce the stress and decision fatigue that can come with trying to decide what to make each day. This can be especially helpful for busy individuals or families. Meal prep can work for anyone looking to save time, save money or eat healthier. Our reasons to meal prep might be differ, but it will still help.