The expectation for college students is to eat whatever you can, whenever you can, as long as it’s cheap. But I didn’t. I started meal planning sophomore year. Sundays were spent seeking out deals in the local ads, creating a meal plan and shopping list, grocery shopping, and finally, preparing food for the week. Meal planning may seem like a hassle, but it actually comes with a lot of benefits.
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3 Reasons to Meal Plan
- Eat Healthy: Eating healthy isn’t a necessity, but makes you feel good inside and out. By creating a meal plan, you can incorporate a balanced diet, get rid of trans fats and refined grains/sugars, and start fueling your body with good-for-you foods that will make you feel better than ever!
- Save Time: Time is something we all cherish. It seems like we just don’t have enough of it these days. Meal planning can save you hours each week because you can be strategic about when you go to the grocery store and how long each meal takes you to prepare. I was meal planning for one, but would make 4 servings to ensure leftovers. It saved me hours and made for quick, easy meals at night.
- Save Money: I think this is a given. Eating out may be convenient, but it definitely adds up, especially when you are eating out 3 meals/day. Let’s say that your average fast food meal costs $5.00. At 3 meals/day, 7 days a week, you would spend $105.00 on food for one person. Meal planning can help you cut cost and have more money to spend on more fun things!
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