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Meal Planning Tips for a Healthier Week of Eating


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Lalitha Rao Pentapati gives tips for healthier weekly eating.

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Meal Planning Tips for a Healthier Week of Eating

  1. 1. Meal Planning Tips for a Healthier Week of Eating Lalitha Rao Pentapati
  2. 2. Think Beyond the Recipe Everyone has a go-to recipe or two that they like to fall back on. More often than not, they end up with a surplus of one necessary ingredient or another. Start with a favorite, and then find a way to incorporate the extras into a second or third dish. For example, if roast chicken sounds like the ideal Sunday-night dish, save the leftovers (or even roast a second bird, if necessary) to use for salad toppings or sandwich fillings.
  3. 3. Emphasize Protein, Within Reason It can be tempting for meat-eaters to use a particularly attractive protein — such as a big, juicy steak — to anchor a dish. Resist this urge, and instead fill the plate with seasonal produce and whole grains, using the meat as an accent rather than the main course. Once this becomes a habit, it’s an easy template to follow, particularly during grilling season.
  4. 4. Buy/prepare vegetables in bulk Usually because whatever’s in the fridge seems too daunting to prepare. With a little advance preparation, this can be avoided. Buy a three-pack of romaine heads, chop and wash the leaves, and store them in the fridge for an easy salad base. To save even more time on prep, purchase pre-sliced veggies that can be tossed with olive oil and roasted for a largely hands-off, delicious, and healthful side dish.
  5. 5. Plan ahead Not everyone is the list-making type. However, when it comes to stress-free meal planning, a good list is the first and most necessary step. Sketch out ideas for the week’s meals (lunch and dinner), make out a corresponding shopping list, and stick to the schedule. It’s far less stressful than running around and trying to decide what to put on the table at the last minute.