Studies show that meal planning is not only beneficial for health reasons, but it can also be a big time-saver. By planning out and creating meals before-hand, people experience less inclination to eat unhealthy foods that are quick and easy but offer little-to-no nutritional value. Meal prepping is a tool for weight loss, restricted diets, or simply as a component of an overall healthier lifestyle.

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1. Meal Planning Basics

Meal planning is a way to choose which meals and snacks a person or family will consume for a set future period. Planning meals in advance makes it easier to maintain recommended portion sizes and creates opportunities to incorporate healthier options. The ingredients for meals and snacks are prepped ahead, up to a week in advance, and stored in the refrigerator. Depending on the meal, they may be completely ready-to-reheat dishes or portioned-out ingredients ready to pop in a pan or oven.

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