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Planning Healthy Meals For Your Family

Updated on January 15, 2011

Healthy Meal Plans: An Effective Way to Lose Weight and Save Money

Having a healthy meal plan is a proven way to help an individual to maintain a healthy body. In addition to this, it is also an effective way of reducing weight since you have the assurance that your food intake is well managed and taken care of. This is not a fast way of losing weight, but more of a gradual process that one must undergo. But believe me, once you get used to following a healthy meal plan, all its health benefits will surely follow.

Preparing a healthy meal plan doesn’t need to be complicated.  You can simply start with listing all the foods that you regularly eat as well as what your family loves. It would be advisable to consult the food pyramid and make sure that each of the food group is well represented in your meal plan. You may search for some nutritious recipes online as well as look for some recipe books in your local bookstore. This will give you an idea of what easy-to-prepare recipes you could include in your meal plan as well as their nutritional value as well.

Here are some tips to remember in preparing a healthy meal plan:

  1. Breakfast is apparently the most important meal of the day and in order to have the strength to carry on with your task, try to include some protein-rich foods, carbohydrates as well as some fruits and vegetables.
  2. For lunch, the same rules as to breakfast apply. Always make sure that there is healthy protein available for this meal of the day. You may also work on some of your leftovers from dinner the night before. Drink fresh juice instead of soda.
  3. When it comes to dinner, you can always try to be a little creative. Try to look for recipes that are quick and easy to prepare and try to modify them with your own healthy ingredients to give it a different touch.  And as always, make sure to include protein and carbohydrates in your meal.
  4. It is also important to have snacks in between these main meals. Always remember the general rule “try to eat more often and never let your body get hungry.” It is always important to keep snacks handy so you will never get hungry.

Try to develop a healthy meal plan and stick to it and you will see an incredible difference in your body.

Remember that healthy meals do not have to consist just of carefully cooked foods – always have some fresh in season fruit to complement your meal, or maybe make some fresh juice to go with it. If you don’t have a juicer machine, you can still squeeze citrus fruit (very rich in vitamin C), or buy a small juicer like a wheatgrass juicer and use this to make healthy drinks.

The key to a healthy diet that you can sustain, and will not get tired of, is to be creative and try new ideas as they come to you – don’t be afraid to experiment!


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