Back to School Meal Planning


Well, it's back to school time! One of the healthiest (and cost-saving!) things kids and adults can do is pack a lunch to bring to school; and it can also feel out of reach. Some of the most common reasons for not packing a lunch include:

  • I don't have enough time

  • I buy fruits and vegetables, but they always spoil before I use them

  • I get bored eating only sandwiches

  • I don't like leftovers


What is the common theme here...?

A negative outlook...

Like many things in life, finding a positive spin to a situation can make the task at hand more bearable and feel easier to accomplish. Pick a goal, start small, and work your way up to the goal. In order to help you along this process, I've begun to make a list of ways to phrase the statements above in a new way. If you'd like a personalized coaching session on this topic, or a nutrition topic of your choice, visit me on Nutrimedy!

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  • I don't have enough time

  • Cooking healthy meals does not have to take long. Plan one hour over the weekends to chop vegetables and cook some beans to have on hand throughout the week.

  • Another option is to spend 20-30 minutes every evening prepping the meals for the next day. This is what I do, and I've actually gotten it down to 5-10 minutes!

  • Ask the rest of your household to help. One person can chop, another can stir/cook and a third can put the cooked food in containers. Make small tasks for everyone and you can have fun while you get ready for the next day!

  • I buy fruits and vegetables, but they always spoil before I use them

  • Plan 2-3 days worth of meals and buy just enough produce for those meals. When you run out, restock or use dried, frozen, or canned foods.

  • Buy frozen fruits and vegeables (no added sugar or salt).

  • I get bored eating only sandwiches

  • Who said you have to eat only sandwiches for lunch? Bring leftovers, pack fixings for tacos, make a salad, prepare a big batch of soup or chili. Get creative!

  • I don't like leftovers

  • When you are making dinner, make extra protein and use it in two different ways. For example, if you've made a pot of beans, use half the beans in chili and mash the other half with spices to make your own veggie burger.

The most important thing when making a lifestyle change is to set an "ultimate goal" and several "baby" goals. The baby goals not only keep you on the path, they also allow your goal to ebb and flow with your ever-changing life. Having strict over-zealous goals is a sure way to "fail". By making your goals tough, but fluid, you allow yourself a bit of wiggle room in addition to a path to follow.

What is your go-to meal prep plan? Let me know in the comments!


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