How To Finally Start Planning Your Meals In Advance

Healthy eating can seem impossible if you’re busy and/or broke, but it can be done. It just takes a little planning. Sean Peters, founder of the website, spoke with Shape and shared a few meal-planning tricks. Related: How Your Intuition Can Help You Get Fitter First, he suggests to start small. Begin with a few days' worth of meals at a time; then, slowly build up to make a whole week of meals in a single session. “If you try to do a week all at once in the beginning, you will get discouraged, and it will be messy,” Peters told Shape. Also, just because you make a giant batch of something doesn't mean you have to eat it every single day, Peters says. After you cook a new recipe, set aside one or two portions to freeze so you can eat them later — and swap in something different during the week. Vegetable soup is delicious, but nobody wants to eat it for four nights straight. Related: 15 Habits You Need To Break Finally, Peters recommends you enlist a buddy. The cooking process definitely goes faster with a second set of hands — and it’s also more fun. With a second chef in the kitchen, you can brainstorm ways to create a healthier version of your favorite dish while you cook. Click through to Shape for more meal-planning tips and some simple recipes. (Shape) Related: How Much Health Information Should You Reveal At Work?

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