Updated: Dec 27, 2019
We're midway through December with the holidays fast approaching! Hopefully you will soon be enjoying time with your family, a break from work, and delicious food! While the holidays are a great time for indulgence, the New Year is a great time for a fresh start. If your resolutions for 2020 revolve around a healthy lifestyle, Planned Plate is here to help!
Four week meal plans will be launching on Sunday December 31st and I want to share some information about what you can expect! If you're curious about the advantages of meal planning and prepping click here.
Every person has different goals, different body types, and different lifestyles. Therefore plans will be offered at calorie targets of 1500, 1750, 2000, 2250, and 2500. If you aren't sure which plan you want, there are lots of websites like this one that take into account your age, height, weight, gender, activity level, and goal to give you a calorie target.
Each meal plan includes:
-Six recipes per week
-Weekly grocery lists
-Weekly calorie + macronutrient calculators
The three meals that are grouped together in a day should be eaten in the same day, but can be eaten in any order. The snacks are recommendations. These snacks paired with the meals add up to the calorie target, but you can choose your own snacks based on your preferences (see ‘The Snack List’ for more ideas). Plan your ‘Free Day’ in advance. The calorie target for the Free Day is 500 more calories than your typical day. To get the results you want, it’s important to track what you eat and try to hit the target. This is a day where you can go out to eat, make your favorite meal, have a few drinks, or splurge on dessert.
The calculator will help you stay near your target calorie goal. The meals are filled in already. There is a drop down list for you to select the snacks you ate. If your snack is not in the list you can enter your own.
The snack list contains common snacks (both healthy and unhealthy) and includes the serving size, calories, and macronutrients of potential snacks you could eat each day. Use this list to help you reach the daily calorie target.
Recipes are designed to be divided into three equal portions. I prefer glass containers with snap on lids for storage and reheating. When grocery shopping, make sure to buy and prepare the amount stated in the recipe to ensure you are getting the correct amount of calories. Feel free to season meals to taste and eliminate ingredients or make smart substitutions as desired.
The grocery list can be printed out and brought to the grocery store with you. The 'Staples' category doesn’t list the amount needed, but they are commonly stocked ingredients in people’s kitchens that you will need that week so take inventory to make sure you have them. Add any snacks to the grocery list that you plan to eat so you don't forget to buy them.
So that's everything that will be included if you purchase a meal plan! If you want a sample, enter your name and email in the website pop up or the subscription box below and check your inbox! It may end up in your spam or promotions mailbox, so don't forget to check there!