THT = The Healthy Toast
Meal Planning Guides = your solution to healthy eating made easier
After a year of food blogging and becoming a full-time outpatient dietitian, I’ve learned two very important things about people:
- They want to eat healthier but either don’t know how to or they feel it isn’t convenient to do so: #NoTimeToCook, #Hangry just give me whatever’s in the fridge, #WTF is quinoa
- They want simple recipes that taste good, with emphasis on “simple “
So as of today, I’d like to introduce you to the new direction of The Healthy Toast: simple, healthy recipes worth celebrating provided in a meal planning format to answer the question of “how do I eat healthier” and remove the excuses of convenience and time. All I ask is you dedicate an hour or two on a Sunday to cooking or at least meal-prepping. Then it’s smooth-sailing the rest of the week.
While I’ve loved growing The Healthy Toast over the past year (I’m so embarrassed by the photo quality of my first few posts), I’ve felt a lack of direction. Just as with dietetics, when first starting out it’s important to gain a broad, solid foundation and then begin to hone in and find your niche. Ask anyone who knows me well and they will tell you that I’m a planner. I love researching, organizing, and making lists. And this freakish love of planning combined with my passion for nutrition (and grocery shopping) has led to a knack for meal planning. So, it only seems natural to steer The Healthy Toast towards healthy ways to meal prep.
So, here’s how it’s going to work:
Each week I’ll share with you two new recipes that are suited for lunch/dinner and contain some of the same ingredients to help make shopping easier (plus buying in bulk is the key to eating healthy on a budget). The recipes will be based on cooking for two, but if you’re cooking for a family, simply double or triple the ingredients. The goal is to have enough leftovers for lunch the next day. Yes, you’ll be eating leftovers for lunch, but I promise they’ll be delicious 😉 Cooking solo? You’ll have more leftovers for lunches and dinners, or freeze some of the extras to eat later down the road.
I’ll be posting these recipes on Monday and Wednesday, with a roundup of the two new recipes plus three other meals (either past Healthy Toast eats or some favorites from other healthy food bloggers) on Saturday. To make grocery shopping a breeze, at the end of the post will be an organized shopping list. Once you have your grocery shopping done, simply crank up some music and get to cooking and portioning out your meals. Then voila! By Sunday night your fridge will be stocked with pre-cooked or pre-prepared, nutritious meals. It’s up to you whether you want to cook everything on Sunday then reheat as you go (my preference), or simply do all the prep work (chopping veggies, cooking grains, portioning out protein) on Sunday then quickly throw it all together the night you plan on eating each meal. Do what works best for you and your schedule.
While it may seem like a lot of planning, I promise that once you get in the habit of meal prep you’ll find it makes eating healthy easier and less of a burden during the week.
Ready? I hope so because I am beyond excited!
Oh, and what about Fridays? In those posts I’ll be sharing new recipes that may not be officially part of the meal plan, such as breakfasts, snacks, or appetizers. And on occasion I’ll be sharing a round-up of healthy recipes from my favorite bloggers, a restaurant review, or a product review.
Okay, I think that covers everything. Looking forward to hearing how meal planning goes for everyone!
So, here’s a toast to having more free time after work or school to enjoy the things or people you love!