Meal planning is an activity that will help you organize your food consumption for a certain span of time. It should not be appear like a household responsibility but a very interesting activity that would be a bonding or past time hobby for you and your family by planning and preparing the food together.
Aside from being interesting and fun, it is a worth while experience because it has tons and tons of benefits.
It is definitely not a rush dish.
Since you are planning for a span of time you have an outline on which meals are you preparing for the day. When you know what to prepare you can directly start working and wont be spending some time figuring out what to cook.
It will save a lot of money.
When you plan on what to prepare, you will certainly be able to identify what you need. Therefore you can go ahead and shop for the necessary items. No products or ingredients will be put to waste because it is not part of the recipes. Your fridge will just contain what you will use and will be using in the future days and not a stock room of unused items that would just eventually rot or expire.
It helps you conserve time.
Because you have it planned ahead, you will not be spending time on deciding what dish to carry out. You will also save time staring at your fridge figuring out what can be made out from the things in there. You will also have less time going to the grocery store which will save your efforts.
You can save energy.
Since you are having less frequent trips to grocery stores for impulse buying, you definitely save energy. Also when you don’t have to think hard on what to prepare and knowing that you already have everything in your kitchen definitely saves energy and keeps you from getting stressed out.
Organized kitchen and cooking activity.
You can group the ingredients that you will be using together. You know where to look for the items and know what to use. You can efficiently start cooking right away.
When you know what meal comes before another meal, you can certainly utilize and manage leftovers.
Also you will have less garbage due to unconsumed items in your fridge that you are not able to use.
Avoid meal time stress.
Knowing what you will be expecting will make you excited for the meal. Also when everything is planned, everything will go on smoothly and cooking will be definitely easy. Since you will save time in the preparation,it will only take sometime to have the dish prepared. You will avoid encounters of hungry stomachs and bad moods from becoming worst. Instead you delight them with a perfect and ready meal.
Promote health and nutrition.
Planning ahead will allow you to plan and select food in variety and of course consider your family’s preference. When you eat in variety the more chance you have towards intake of necessary nutrients. You can also make sure that your family is eating right by avoiding instant foods or fast food deliveries. Furthermore, when you prepare it yourself you will have access and control to ingredients. For instance you can limit salt, sugar, or fatty foods that might be restricted to some of the members.
With all the benefits, you would want to start planning your meals. It’s really easy and you’ll see then that meal time is great family time