You are ready for this challenge!

In the past few weeks the focus has been on taking steps toward this goal. Time to take it to the next level!

 

Getting Organized is the Key

Studies show that more Americans than ever before are grocery shopping daily without planning meals.  This is a sure way to buy more than you need (impulse shopping) and buy fast, processed options. You will save money and eat healthier if you have a plan before setting foot in a grocery store.

Plan and Create a Shopping List

Where to begin?  The idea of beginning the process can be overwhelming.  But, fortunately, help is at your fingertips.   

First, pull out your favorite real food recipes and look at your week to see how they best fit, depending on your time commitments.  Printed forms can often help you get things organized.

Here are a few examples:

“ I'm so lazy and even though it's a pain, I have discovered that planning a teensy bit ahead helps me stay calmer throughout the week because I'm not FREAKING OUT when there's nothing in the fridge to throw together for dinner. Even if you don't keep the assigned meals on the assigned days, at least you'll have all of your ingredients for that week.”  from www.projectsforyournest.blogspot.com

“ I'm so lazy and even though it's a pain, I have discovered that planning a teensy bit ahead helps me stay calmer throughout the week because I'm not FREAKING OUT when there's nothing in the fridge to throw together for dinner. Even if you don't keep the assigned meals on the assigned days, at least you'll have all of your ingredients for that week.”  from www.projectsforyournest.blogspot.com

via www.tipjunkie.com

via www.tipjunkie.com

via www.tipjunkie.com

via www.tipjunkie.com

If your brain already hurts just trying to get your head around this, and you'd LOVE it if someone else would put together the menus and shopping lists--here are a few links that do just that!

 "Cooking is easy. Planning is hard. You've found a recipe you love, but now what? How do you create a meal around it? What about a side dish, and what happens to the leftover ingredients? Most importantly: how do you make the recipes you love fit into your busy life? The Kitchn's meal plans help you put it all together." Click here to check out this cool website!

Love this vegetarian meatless meal planner from ohmyveggies.com.  Click here to check it out!

If you're gluten-free, we've got you covered too!  Thanks to 5dollardinners.com!

 Click here for a full month of plans.

And click here for the shopping lists to match!

Prepare Ingredients for the Week

You are much more likely to cook from scratch if you can put delicious meals together quickly.  Time invested on the weekend will help you prepare for the week ahead.  Lindsay from theleangreenbean.com offers some simple, informative advice by sharing her weekend prep routine.  You can check it out here.  

You are ready for this challenge!  Take your real food commitment to the next level!

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