Family meal planning can be a daunting task, but it doesn't have to be! Here are some simple tips to make meal planning for your family a breeze.
Start with a plan. Before you go shopping, sit down and plan out your meals for the week. This will help you avoid impulse buys and make sure you have all the ingredients you need on hand.
Get the whole family involved. Involve your kids in the meal planning and cooking process. This will not only help with the planning but also teach them valuable life skills and ensure they enjoy the food you cook.
Don’t restrict your diet too much. As Tim Spector says: “Probably the worst thing you can do is to be over-cautious and restrict your diet to a few ‘safe’ foods, as restrictive diets low in diversity and fibre can permanently harm your gut health." So make sure to include a variety of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains in your meals.
Get creative. Don't be afraid to try new recipes and ingredients. This will keep meals interesting and add variety to your families diet.
Be flexible. Life happens, and plans change. Be open to last-minute changes in your meal plan. It's okay to throw some frozen food in the oven if you're in a rush.
By following these tips, meal planning for your family can be stress-free and enjoyable. Remember to keep it simple and don’t excessively restrict your diet.