If your schedule looks like mine (and chances are it does!) you are SUPER busy. It seems like no matter who I talk to and ask “how are you” I hear “busy!” or “On the go” or “Oh, YOU KNOW… crazy!” If we’re honest with each other – at one point or another you’ve shoved your kids out the door with a granola bar in hand and a juice box to wash it down. And let’s not even talk about dinner – Sheetz or the drive thru become your go-to.
I WAS that mom- especially during baseball season and travel ball. But what I quickly learned is that the time (and $$ MONEY $$) that I was investing into sitting in drive through lines or waiting for my order to be ready and the cash I spend on salads and sandwiches was outrageous. It all started when a friend actually challenged me to spend 1-hour planning my meals out for a week, grocery shopping for that food and then preparing it in advance. Her challenge – the week of planning and preparing would NOT just save money, but would also save me time.
In full disclosure, there was a gift card involved and I was “competing” with a few of my best girlfriends to see if it COULD be done.
Not only did I TOTALLY win the competition, but I won a perspective that completely changed how I thought about being busy and finding time to eat healthy. You see, before, I viewed eating as just something we needed to do so our stomachs didn’t growl and I didn’t snap someone in two from a case of “Hangry”. Eating healthy was not a priority. Even though I said it was – I wasn’t showing it.
So how do you do this?
I created a template of one week and wrote out our breakfasts, lunches, dinner and snacks. Seriously, its THAT simple. You can even grab my template here:
Sometimes I get fancy and type it out, but honestly, 99.99999% of the time, its handwritten, scribbled on my fridge door for everyone to see. This does a few things:
- I create a grocery list around my meal plan which saves me TIME and MONEY when shopping
- I can ALWAYS answer the question of “whats for dinner” no matter the day of the week or activity
- Take out is a treat, not a necessity
- It holds me accountable – like a made a promise to myself that I feel the need to keep
- We eat healthier now because we take the time to prioritize and plan for it
Sure, a meal plan may not be a magical way to get everyone together for one meal, but it certainly helps with those of us who are on the go. Check out these 3 Meal Planning Secrets and be sure to grab YOUR free template: