1. Most people have a hard time getting in the veggies. I have found that veggies are not only for lunch and supper. Adding vegetables to breakfast will get your day started off right and a fourth of your daily intake of vegetables. I like to add mushrooms, peppers, and onions to my eggs. Spinach and broccoli is also good.

2. The famous salad is simple, but I must say, having lettuce and tomato salad all the time is so….Blah, right? I love salads with lettuce, spinach, tomato, shredded carrots, broccoli, cucumbers, eggs, and raisins. Wow, what a salad, huh? Okay, so maybe you don’t need a salad that big, but adding a small salad or mixture of raw vegetables with a little dressing isn’t too bad with lunch and supper.

Meal planning is sometimes made to be hard, but in all reality it is not that hard. Meal planning is a simple way to eat healthy and save money. Yep, I said it, you can save money. I’m a list maker and chart maker, so I make a list of foods I have, and of course, foods I like. Then, I pick from my list when meal planning. As a rule of thumb for me, in every meal I try to have a protein, a carb, and 1-2 vegetables. I will have 2-3 servings of fruit a day as well. Fruits are an easy dessert and a simple snack to grab. On my list. or chart, I have a column for each of the categories (protein, carbs, vegetables, fruits). This is also a fun way to get the kids involved in planning meals. So a list might look something like this:

Proteins Healthy Carbs Vegetables Fruits
chicken quinoa green beans orange
steak brown rice broccoli apple
salmon sweet potato salad grapes
tuna whole grain bread carrots pineapple
tofu potato brussels sprouts mango
Hopefully this will give you an idea of what I am talking about. With your list, you can circle or highlight what you want to make for your meal.

Let’s make meal planning even easier with a few other tips I have learned along my journey.

Preparing foods in bulk ahead of time.

If I am planning rice, beans, or quinoa for the week, I will cook enough for the whole week. My husband loves to grill lots of meat when he fires up his grill and it lasts the whole week. Then all you have to do is portion your meals.