Top 5 Meal Planning Tips to Fuel Your Life

By Bridgette Clare, RHN on September 12, 2017 , categorized in In the Kitchen, Plant-based Nutrition

Top 5 meal planning tips

Gym? You’re golden. You know what your training plan looks like to help reach your fitness goals. But when it comes to meal time you’re reaching for the phone. Probably not to call your Mom to ask how she makes your favorite pasta sauce. Maybe to dial up your friend to meet at the local spot or more likely, you’re on the phone hitting “reorder” on your food delivery app, again.

While you wait 30 minutes for your dinner to arrive, count the number of times that app appears on your latest credit card bill. How does that compare to the number of grocery store transactions? If the scale is tipping to takeout, it may be time to start meal planning. Meal planning can be more cost effective, it can offer more nutrition (as easy as throwing in some extra veggies to your favorite dish) and can be more delicious. There’s nothing like having the right amount of spice on your baked beans. You can’t get that at a restaurant, you can only get that if you slow cook and season ‘em yourself.

Respect the grind and eat to fuel your life with my top five meal planning tips:

1. Use Your Phone

Swap the delivery app for a meal planning app like MealBoard, my personal recommendation. Include everything, your meals, snacks and workout fuel to get an overview of all the groceries you need and the foods you need to prep. The best part about this app is that you can scale recipes to the number of servings you want. Having a BBQ and want to know how many mushrooms you need for Veggie Kebobs? This app will break it down.

If you’re crunched for time, order your groceries online, with companies like Amazon Fresh and Instacart in the US. Grocery stores, like Safeway, and urban delivery services like Spud.ca also have delivery services in select provinces and states. Add fresh fruit and veggies to your cart and have them delivered right to your door.

2. Equip Yourself

Measure twice and cut once, right? Just like you learned in woodshop, you get the most out of anything by being prepared.  A helpful kitchen essential for meal planning is food storage containers. I recommend a set of stackable glass containers that you can freeze, microwave, and throw in the dishwasher.

3. Chop It Like It’s Hot

Wash, chop and portion your produce so it’s ready to roll when hunger strikes. If you don’t have time to wash and chop let the grocery store do it for you and pickup pre-chopped, washed and prepped produce. Most grocery stores even carry salad-in-a-bag so you have everything you need to make a quick and easy salad.

4. Bombest Batch

Make meals, like Sloppy Joes, and side dishes like Baked Beans, in a slow cooker.  Portion and store in the freezer.

5. Portions, Portions, Portions

Portion your produce, nuts, and meals into food storage containers. Then you’re not tempted to eat all the chopped carrots, or your entire batch of beaked beans, just because that’s easier than putting them together to make a meal.

Bonus Round: Prep Pre- and Post-Workout Fuel

Don’t forget your workout fuel. Planning can be easier by throwing a tub of Vega® Clean* Energy 4 At Vega, clean means Non-GMO Project verified, gluten-free, vegan, and made without artificial flavors, colors or sweeteners. in your gym bag to help give you the energy you need to hit your workout. Throw in a tub of Vega® Clean* Protein 5 At Vega, clean means Non-GMO Project verified, gluten-free, vegan, and made without artificial flavors, colors or sweeteners.

to be ready to load up on 25 grams of protein post-workout.

If you want to ease your way into it check out this On-The-Go five-day Meal Plan. ‘Cause you’re prepped like that.

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Bridgette Clare, RHN

A Registered Holistic Nutritionist (RHN), Certified Raw Foods Chef and Vega Product Specialist, Bridgette Clare works at Vega as the Customer Experience Team Lead. Bridgette is passionate about making food fun and accessible. She believes what we eat has a huge impact on how we feel and whole heartedly supports a holistic approach to nutrition. Experimenting in the kitchen, sharing new recipes and enjoying new culinary experiences with friends is what she’s all about. Fun fact: Bridgette is always seeking out fun ways to stay active—trying out everything from circus school to testing out her indoor cycling teacher abilities!

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