Meal Planning with My Children
You all know I’ve been on a get healthy journey and to go along with that comes healthy eating and planning meals. I have found that meal planning for my family is one of the best ways to stay on track with eating well and saving money. For example, taking my family of 4 to a fast food drive through at $5-$7 per “value” meal ads up to around $25 and for that amount, you can make a healthy meal and have left overs for lunch.
I decided to grab a blank weekly calendar and start plugging in the items that I usually cook. I usually just do a week at a time and some of my favorite printable menu planners are pinned here along with some new favorite healthy meals.
It is not easy because I feel like we are eating all the same things every week, but seeing it written down is helping me plan new things and actually try some of the recipes that I pin on Pinterest. Another thing that helps, is getting the kids involved. My children love to chop, stir and plate the food. There are several easy ways to get your kids involved, starting with the planning the meals, how to make great choices and a few other ideas here that will help the kids love being in the kitchen.
Another benefit to meal planning, is it goes a long way to help reinforce healthy habits. Fit-Tastic has a wonderful 5 step reminder of what to do daily. You can even take the quiz to see how healthy your habits are.
Now, it’s your turn! Tell me what’s on your meal planner in the comments section. I’d love to hear what you have every week and maybe steal some ideas! You can also make a plan or a goal and Fit-tastic will send you some recipes and emails to help you reach your goal.
I’ve had so much fun partnering with Children’s Mercy, being a part of their Mom panel and learning, that I’ve decided to continue our relationship and keep informing you of all the wonderful things they do for the children in Kansas City. There is great group of Mom bloggers that have been showcasing various health and family topics. You can connect with them via our CMH Moms Facebook Page , Twitter or blog.