If your household is constantly plagued by the question: “What’s for dinner?” then the first thing to know is you’re not alone. Today, many people face the chaos of a hectic modern lifestyle. By the time you get home after a tough day at work, the chances are you have no energy, limited blood sugar, and no intention of spending extra time in the kitchen. These habits usually mean that nutrition gets pushed aside in favor of fast food and unhealthy snacks.

Fortunately, if lazy cooking has become a tradition in your household, there may be a solution. Though planning your meals can sometimes seem like yet another chore on the “to-do” list, it actually delivers a range of fantastic benefits. Whether you’re cooking for one, feeding the family, or simply trying to avoid excess calories, meal planning can save you time, money, and effort – all while making you healthier too!  

Of course, the way that you eat can vary drastically from one week to the next, altering to fit with after-school activities, work schedules and other commitments. Because of that, it’s important to make sure you have a personalized approach to meeting your nutritional needs. This infographic will give you all the ingredients you need to set up an efficient, effective, and healthy meal plan that works for the long-term. From gathering recipes to writing more cost-effective shopping lists, you’ll discover all the tips you need for mealtime success.

Take a look at the full infographic below for useful takeaway strategies on tailoring your meal plan to your unique needs, lowering your grocery bills, and enjoying a happier, healthier eating routine.


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Cortney Berling is a registered dietitian nutritionist at Tri-City Medical Center, a full-service, acute-care hospital located in Oceanside, California. She received her Bachelor of Science in Dietetics at The University of Cincinnati and completed her dietetic internship at The Cleveland Clinic. You can often find Cortney enjoying the San Diego weather where she spends most of her time running, playing beach volleyball, paddle boarding, and hiking.


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