If your family is like mine, making a resolution for everyone to get healthy is no easy task. We have already discussed the value of cooking together, but how do you know what to cook? When you try something new, noses turn up before the first bite. Everyone likes something different, most of which is not healthy. When you do stumble upon something healthy that they actually enjoy, you rush to make it again, only to find they don’t like it the next time around. Meal planning is not always easy. It’s enough to make a mom go prematurely gray!
I have found a few things that are making the craziness of healthy meal planning quite a bit easier. I want to share these little sanity-savers with you…Make the craziness of healthy meal planning quite a bit easier... Click To Tweet
Plan to Eat
I just discovered Plant to Eat, a truly awesome meal planner. You can easily input any recipe in from anywhere on the web, or type up your favorite handwritten recipes. They don’t offer meal plans, but it’s so easy to find anything you want from anywhere and plug it in. Want to try Trim Healthy Mama or Whole 30? Just Google and save any recipe you find that looks delicious! Recipes are saved for you in detail with a picture, organized by category, and ready to drag into a calendar when you plan. Plus they generate a grocery list by food category.They are also coded so you know what recipe each ingredient goes with. It’s perfect to use with whatever healthy eating guidelines your family needs to follow. Plan to Eat has honestly been an answer to prayer. I have used other online meal planners (as well as paper). This one is by far the best I have tried.
Super Healthy Kids
Super Healthy Kids has lots of fun ideas that even kids like. I haven’t officially tried their meal plan because it costs a bit more and I want to be able to import any recipe so I can follow the Trim Healthy Mama plan. If healthy and fun kid food was my main goal, however, I would definitely give it a shot! You sometimes try a week of meal plans free. (That deal is going on right now, so go try it!) Even if you don’t want to use the Super Healthy Kids meal plans, they have fantastic recipe ideas on the website. (Which you could even import to Plan to Eat!) They also have video courses, divided plates that teach nutrition concepts, and printables. Their blog covers nearly 20 different nutrition-based concepts.
Raddish is an amazing monthly subscription service in which your child gets a culinary lesson in a box every month. It comes with 3 durable laminated recipe cards, culinary skill cards, kid-sized kitchen utensils or project supplies, bonus activities, and a patch to sew on your Raddish apron. Not only does Raddish help with planning, but it gets your kids in the kitchen with you. There are coordinating activities and even music lists to go with the monthly theme. There are even extra activities online for homeschoolers. While this won’t help you plan every meal during the month, it will give you 3 pretty healthy ideas for yummy food. If you don’t think the food is healthy enough as-is, there are suggestions for changing it to meet dietary needs. We have enjoyed everything we have ever made from them. That is saying a lot when you have 3 picky eaters! The kids often want to make the dishes again, so that helps planning in the future. Our kids have been eager to eat these healthy treats because they made them.Come get a copy of my Kids' Meal Planner! Click To Tweet
Another sanity saver is this children’s meal planner. Use this printable with your kids to brainstorm ideas. It’s a fun way for kids to understand the basics of healthy meal planning. You can use their ideas to find things they actually want to eat during the week. Plus it’s a little writing practice for them! To get this children’s meal planner, simply opt in below…
I am free to live out a more godly example when I’m not “hangry!” Come meal plan with me! Click To Tweet
You may be wondering how this is related to Christian parenting. To be blunt, it makes life a lot easier! I am a lot less stressed (and less irritable) when meals are planned and I don’t have to fret and run around like a chicken with my head cut off looking for food at the last minute. I am free to live out a more godly example when I’m not “hangry!”
He who loves purity of heart, and whose speech is gracious, will have the king as his friend.” Proverbs 22:11 ESV
Having your meals (and your life) more organized makes everything easier, from walking the Christian walk to helping my family have the energy and brain power to live for God. Meal planning also models organization and preparedness for the kids. This is real life application.
“Show yourself in all respects to be a model of good works, and in your teaching show integrity, dignity…” Titus 2:7 ESV
Need More Inspiration?
What are your favorite tips for meal planning with your family? What is your favorite healthy meal to enjoy together?