Author: Leah Newman

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Meal Planning for Beginners

It’s sometimes difficult to feed our families healthy, nourishing foods when it seems like the calendar is filled with late meetings, baseball practices, gymnastics classes and more. Planning ahead is one of the easiest ways to curb the fast-food habit and make sure your family is eating well. Meal planning may seem overwhelming at first. But I’ve found that spending a little time preparing for the week ahead saves me a lot of time and stress in the end (and we’re eating fewer chicken nuggets). Research backs up my experiences, too. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends meal planning as one of the best ways to help families improve their food choices. Get Started with a Weekly Calendar If your life is anything like mine, no two weeks look the same. So the first thing I do each week is open my calendar and figure out where we have to be and when – and how that will affect our mealtime. Do I need foods we can take with us? Should I prepare …