Menu Planning - Give it a Try

March 22, 2011 by Kathy Nellor

We all know that healthy eating starts with healthy food shopping. When you head for the store, it’s a good idea to prepare a list of the groceries you need and stick to the list. Better yet, make a list of healthy meals that you are going to prepare for the upcoming week and create your grocery list using this menu. In your menu include not only the main dish but the fruits and vegetables as well. This is a method that I have personally used for the past several years and it has definitely saved me time, money and a whole lot of stress. As a full-time working mom of two boys, menu planning has saved me a ton of after work headaches. I no longer have to dig through the fridge or cupboards trying to figure out what to prepare for dinner. It not only helped with the after work craziness but also has helped the family pocket-book. I’m not as tempted to run through the drive through or pick up carry-out, which can be quite expensive. But most importantly, this type of planning and shopping has helped with our family food choices and healthy eating habits. I challenge you to try it for a month – also make it a family activity and have them help you plan the menu.

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