So you want a meal plan?

MyPlate

 

When people learn that I’m a nutrition major, I get so many questions about what foods to eat, what foods to not eat, when to eat, and more. But the question that I probably get most often is “Can I have a meal plan?” I will NEVER give anyone a meal plan. Why? I’ll just come right out and say it: meal plans don’t work. I know you’re probably feeling shocked and disappointed right now, but it’s the truth. They don’t. Even meal plans written by a dietitian are restrictive (most dietitians won’t write one for you anyway). Eating only the foods and amounts written on a piece of paper is not going to help you. Instead, we need to practice intuitive eating by listening to our bodies’ cues. So when someone asks me for a meal plan, I give them a document with breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snack ideas, along with a list of nutrition tips that I think are important for everyone to know. 

If you’ve ever wanted a meal plan, then keep reading!

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My Opinion on HelloFresh and $40 Off!

HelloFresh Tuscan Ribollita

I have spoken to many people who can’t seem to find time to go to the store or they simply just don’t know what to cook for dinner. Planning out meals can take up so much time and it’s easier to resort to getting takeout. This is where HelloFresh comes in! HelloFresh is a meal subscription box that sends the recipes and the ingredients right to your door. The way it works is you choose if you would like meals for 3, 4, or 5 days of the week for a certain amount of people. The box comes to your door with the ingredients perfectly portioned out for everyone to enjoy. Your only job is to prepare the ingredients they send you (no measuring!) and cook them.

HelloFresh Rapid Maple Balsamic Chicken

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Back-to-School Meal Prep

Breakfast Sandwich

Back-to-School Meal Prep

It’s here, guys! The time we have all been dreading: back-to-school! For students and parents alike, going back to school is a time of dread, frustration, and excitement. But for me, there’s only one way to describe it: extreme laziness. During the summer, I am always ready to go out and go places and have adventures, but once school comes along, it’s like all of that disappears and turns into me never wanting to get out of bed.

Staying in bed has its perks (like extra sleep), but it definitely has an abundance of disadvantages. The one major disadvantage is that I get up late, take the same amount of time in the shower as I normally would if I got up earlier, and I end up running out of time to make breakfast before I have to leave. I would either stop at Dunkin on my way to school or just skip breakfast all together, which as a nutrition major, I know is an awful choice.

What I have learned to do that SAVED me is meal prep. I make my breakfast ahead of time so it is easy to grab in the morning when I am running out of time. Todayโ€™s meal prep is breakfast sandwiches! There isnโ€™t a formal recipe for these because they are so easy to make and make your own with different flavors.

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