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How to Meal Plan Like a Pro + FREE Meal Planning Printable

by Marissa on October 19, 2016


When I work with clients in my Health Coaching programs, meal planning is one of the biggest hurdles standing in the way of reaching their healthy living and weight loss goals. Most clients are completely capable of doing it, but they let the overwhelm of it all keep them from doing it. 

Where do you start?

How do I know I have enough food? 

What about meal prep? 

These are jsut a few of the questions and fears they have.

Luckily, I’ve created a few quick and easy shortcuts that will have you meal planning in minutes with no stress. 

Once you’ve read my tips, make sure to download my FREE meal planner to print at home so you can start meal planning like a pro yourself!


Download Your Printable Meal Planner


One// Browse & Brainstorm 

Spend time browsing and brainstorming your favorite blogs or cookbooks. I like to do this on Pinterest where you can search keywords, follow Pinterest boards you like, then pin recipes to your own boards to save them. If you don’t use Pinterest, you can create bookmarks on your browser or even a paper file of recipes and tear sheets. Do what works for you and make it an ongoing habit.

Two// Focus on Dinner 

Each week choose 2-3 different dinner recipes you’d like to try, but keep them simple. Double the recipe if you need to so you can cook once and eat twice. Plan on having leftovers for lunch or dinner the next day. 

Three//Create Your Shopping List

Once you have your recipes, make a shopping list based on what you need. Then go to the supermarket or place an order online. Again, do what works best for you and your schedule. 

Four// Don’t Forget Breakfast 

Have a fee go-to breakfasts you can switch off on during the week. Some ideas, include: 

  • Pre-frozen smoothie bags
  • Overnight oats 
  • Chia seed pudding
  • Breakfast casseroles or egg muffins (these freeze well) 
  • Dinner leftovers
  • Omelettes and frittatas

It’s seriously that simple and can also be fun. All you have to do is set aside 15 minutes a week and your healthy meals are planned!

Download Your Printable Meal Planner



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Yay for meal planning! I really need to make a bunch of pre-frozen smoothie bags and lots of overnight oats! :D (...and egg muffins!). I'm going out of town this weekend, but it'll be perfect as next weekend's meal prep project!

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