Why Every Busy Mom Needs a Meal Plan

Before I started Meal Planning there was a lot more tears at the beginning of the day and at the end of the day not just because the kids wanted food and it wasn’t ready yet but because MOMMY had a SHORT FUSE.  I seemed to be mean mommy because I was too overwhelmed and didn’t have any clue what my next step was.

Then I found Meal Planning and Meal Prepping…

It seems that everyone cringes when they hear the words “MEAL PREP”. Like it’s this terrible monster hiding in the closet to come out and get us when we least expect it. You imagine this monster to be 8ft tall with purple fur, big eyes, and slobbers… (I’m totally picturing the flying purple people eater….anyone else?) .

Then you open your closet door only to find that the “terrible monster” is actually a pile of clothes that needs to be cleaned up. If you would have cleaned up a little every day, then the pile isn’t so high.

Same thing goes for meal planning and meal prepping. Before I tell you why every mom needs to meal plan, you need to understand the background a bit of what meal prepping is. Then once you understand what meal prepping can do for you, you have to then DEVELOP A PLAN or Meal Plan.

What is MEAL PREP?

Meal prep is the act of prepping ones food in advanced to reap rewards. Some of these rewards include reducing your stress level, saving time otherwise spent cooking and cleaning repeatedly, and allowing you to adhere to a certain diet or meal plan.

"Lunch Grab it here”/> Lunch and dinner for 2 days for 2 adults. Make sure to watch the video on how this meal was made in under 30 minutes using my Free Sheet Pan Meal Cheat Sheet–> Grab it here

What is Partially Meal Prep? 

To partially meal prep can mean multiple different things based on your routine or schedule for that certain week.

Some examples include:

  • Cut the vegetables before the week ahead of you and label what meal they are for, by placing in individual large bags with the meal and date you chopped them up.
  • Cooking the meals for the first half of the week only while the second half of the week is made on another day
  • Making breakfast for the week only and you come home to cook your dinner.
  • Preparing snacks and lunches for the week ahead. You’re home at breakfast and dinner anyways, why not whip up something fast!?

What is it Meant to Fully Meal Prep?

If you have a crazy busy life and you simply have NO time to make any meals during the week, then you’re either eating out a lot, not eating much at all, or you Fully Meal Prep.

This is what I believe most people think of when they hear the words “MEAL PREP”… complete overhaul! However it really is a game changer when you do this though. Usually it requires a good 2-3 hour chunk of time to dedicate to a Full Meal Prep. You chop, cook, and store your meals for the week. By the time you’re done you have your breakfast, lunch, snacks and dinners completed for an entire week for yourself and/or your family! (Serious time saver)

Typically they’re portioned individually however when a family Meal Preps, some dinners it’s easier to just leave in the casserole dish you made it in. All up to you.

Watch how easy Meal Prepping Lunch and Dinner can be!
It will help you so much to see that Meal Prepping doesn’t have to be complicated at all! I walk you through how to have a dinner and lunches ready in under 30 minutes!

What is perfect for you?

This is a tough one. Not one size fits all here. It’s all based on your schedule for the week. This is why PLANNING becomes uber important. I stress this in the Meal Planning Academy I run called the Supermom Meal Plan Academy! Once this becomes a habit, the daily routine is changed and you don’t fall back into old habits. It’s like a weight is lifted off the moms I work with because it relieves so much stress and

For me, I like to partially meal prep now that I work at home however I use to cook all my dinners (with leftover lunches) on the weekend. It was just a lot easier that way. I would make breakfast for 2 days in a row for my husband and myself.

Why Every Mom Should Meal Plan!

I’m a big believer in you take some time in the beginning of the day for yourself to focus on what needs to get done for the day. Once you do this, your day flows so much better. When I became a mom I quickly realized I was not in charge and I let the kids run the house. Until I had a schedule of what we were eating and already having it done before the actual chaos of the day started, was the only thing that kept everything together.

Before I started Meal Planning there was a lot more tears at the beginning of the day and at the end of the day not just because the kids wanted food and it wasn’t ready yet but because MOMMY had a SHORT FUSE.  I seemed to be mean mommy because I was too overwhelmed and didn’t have any clue what my next step was.

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I knew I had to change what I was doing and start having a plan. Once I started meal planning I noticed it wasn’t just the fact that I had FOOD READY before the day starts but the fact that I was NOT as STRESSED out anymore because it FREED up TIME for me to get things done in the morning and night….Which then helped SHORT FUSE MOMMY turn into FUN MOMMY AGAIN.

I had breakfasts ready before the day even started, my lunch was already in the container and ready to be devoured at work, plus my snacks in my desk and a few bars in my purse. I seriously am a woman that eats all day long and A LOT.

It’s so good to be able to just know what you’re going to eat- you don’t have to leave to go get anything. It gives you what your body needs (healthy and well balanced meals- check out how to make a well balanced meal here with my cheat sheet).

Have you thought about Meal Planning or Meal Prepping?

Let me know below!

Take Care,

Nicole

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