It’s incredible what a difference a healthy diet can make to our lives. When we have the right mix of nutrients in a well balanced and considered diet, it’s easy to embrace more energy and truly feel like the best version of ourselves. This can have ongoing benefits that touch every area of our lives from our fitness to our work and even our personal relationships.
Here at kikki.K, we believe meal planning and better organisation can help anyone enjoy a more balanced diet. That’s why we’re so excited to present our newest foodies collection, Hemlagat (Swedish for home cooking), which is full of stylish meal planners, grocery lists and kitchen organisation tools.
We want to help you embrace the art of meal planning, so here are some of our favourite tips. Why not try them with the new collection?
Whichever day you decide to meal plan, it helps to think about the week as a whole. That way, you won’t get to the weekend and decide to order take-out again! We love keeping our magnetic Meal Planner Pad conveniently on the fridge to plan all meals for the week ahead. Managing your time and money will be a piece of cake and it will help you avoid making last minute decisions.
Keep a shopping list
There’s nothing more frustrating than starting a recipe and then realising you’re out of a pantry staple. Keep a shopping list in your kitchen (again, on the fridge works best) and write down your needed ingredient before it actually runs out. Whoever is heading to the grocery store next can just grab the list and pick up everything on it. If for whatever reason you can’t get that item, don’t forget to write it back down on the list pad for the next trip.
Prepare to snack
It’s so easy to be foiled by last minute snacking choices. Rather than reaching for a bag of chips at 3pm, make sure you have something healthy already planned, like nuts, fruit or a homemade, low-sugar slice.
Is there a local market you can visit for your fruit and veg? Often this is a much-more cost effective way to shop and the produce is often fresher and better quality. Take a shopping tote and love stocking up on delicious fresh produce. Local butchers and fish mongers are also a much better choice than the local supermarket. Build a rapport with the staff and let them guide you to the healthiest, most cost-effective cuts.
Get the whole family involved
Meal planning should never just sit with one person if you’re cooking for your family. Get everyone excited about cooking by involving each person in researching and choosing recipes. Be sure to get kids helping out in the kitchen as soon as they’re able to, even if it’s just by stirring (and tasting) the pasta sauce! Healthy eating and cooking skills start at home, after all.
What are you meal planning tips? Be sure to share them with us on social media.
Feeling inspired? Discover our new collection here.
If you’d like to find out more about how healthy eating can help us live with more energy, we really recommend reading Dr Libby Weaver’s Exhausted to Energised.