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The team at AFC Urgent Care Baytown wants you to be able to use your time as effectively as possible. We want you to accomplish what you need to do throughout the day without sacrificing your health. One of the best ways to ensure your nutritional needs are met is by meal prepping for the week so that you don’t need to worry about dinner when the days grow chaotic.

Meal Planning 101

Once you get the hang of it, meal prepping can be easy as one, two, three!

The following are ways to help get you started on this new journey of meal prepping.

The first thing you want to do is create a weekly food template. On this template, list the type of meals you want to have each week, such as seafood dinner, slow cooker, stir fry, oven meal and so on. That way you don’t have to start over each week, but can just decide on different foods you want to use for each category. As a result, you want to make sure you have seven types listed—one for each day of the week.

Second, make sure that as you try meal prepping, you write down the meals that seem to be your family’s favorite. Your goal is to be able to work up to where you have at least 20 or more meals in rotation so that you have some you can use once a month, while still leaving room to try out new recipes.

Finally, use the leftovers to make breakfast and lunch easy, too! Instead of throwing them away, have them for lunch the next day (which can also help save you money). Or even add some eggs or other ingredients to turn your dinner leftovers into a delicious breakfast.

Remember, one of the goals of meal prepping is to help save you time! Are you ready to find more hours in your day?

If you’re planning to make changes to your diet, be sure to visit AFC Urgent Care Baytown to speak with a knowledgeable physician who can help make sure your diet reflects your health needs.