Who isn’t interested in an opportunity to get a head start on ways to stay on track (or as close as possible) with healthy eating during the holiday season? How? Menu planning. Many of the tips and suggestions for healthy eating during the holiday season can be accomplished with a weekly menu plan. What’s For Dinner Menu Planning is your motivation and support to start!
The basic idea?
To encourage and hold each other accountable as we purposefully plan out regular, weekly meal menus.
To serve healthier food, manage grocery budgets, and put meals on the table throughout the week with ease.
And, I almost forgot to mention, we have prizes! Weekly drawings will be held with entries for linking up, commenting, tweeting and Instagram.
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All of the details, challenge button and sign up can be found here > What’s For Dinner? Menu Planning
As part of the challenge we’re providing 2 menu planning templates. The templates are what I use after repeated revisions to find what worked for me. The templates can be used as is or revised to find what will work for you and your family. You might even want to start with planning dinner only. Laura and I want this to be as user friendly as possible to make your menu planning a success.
Both templates are provided as Word docs. Click images below to download.
This template is what I use when handwriting the menu. Basic and keeping with one of the best menu planning tips, keep it simple.
Most of my menus are done on the computer with this 2 page template. Note: the calorie count is not something I use every week. I use this option once every few months when I feel like my calorie intake needs to be tweaked. This is most often the case when my workout routine changes.
What works for me. Menu Planning Tips.
- Keep it simple. I learned with a few failed attempts that if you try to include too many details on your menu it quickly becomes too much to keep up with on a weekly basis.
- Trial and error. Expect to change your template a few times before you find exactly what will work for you.
- Make creating a weekly menu part of your routine.
- Consider what ingredients you already have.
- Get family input.
- Plan for an on-your-own and eating out nights.
- Make a list and stick to it when you’re shopping.
- Look at your calendar for the week before you start planning. Make note of busy evenings.
- Cook on Sunday with leftovers in mind.
- Whether you’re using your computer or handwriting the menu use a template.
- Use recipes that can be made ahead of time and reheated for a meal during the week.
More information on Menu Planning can be found at Menu Planning Benefits and Tips.
Read the benefits and come back and sign up here!It’s tempting isn’t it?