Want to Try Meal Planning but Not Sure Where to Start? A Dietitian Breaks It Down

Lauren Manaker

A little planning can go a long way when it comes to making healthy meals. And while meal planning may sound daunting, it's actually quite simple with a little know-how. By definition, meal planning is just deciding in advance what you'll be eating throughout the week. Think of it as creating a menu for yourself, along with a plan for how you'll execute it.

Planning and cooking your own meals can save you time, money, and calories, when done the right way. It can also help ensure you get adequate nutrients, by teaching you to include foods like fruits and veggies on every plate, and to keep your kitchen well-stocked in order to make that possible.

As a registered dietitian, I believe anyone can master meal planning with a little practice. Here are some practical steps to get you started.

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