Karton.ph has everything you need to create quick and easy meal plans for the week.

When we're faced with busy schedules, deadlines, and meetings, it becomes too easy to neglect our own health.  That fast-food burger you had for lunch just because it was quick and easy might fill you up, but in the long run it can have serious effects on your well-being.

Successful and effective meal planning all boils down to time management, and Karton.ph can make that much easier. Setting aside a few hours each weekend devoted to creating meal plans with the intention of providing your body with the nutrients it needs is one big step you can make to improve your health. Here are some tips to help you get started with healthy meal planning:

1. Think about your schedule for the upcoming week. Your schedule may be much more different than that of other family members, so you will need to customize your meals based on your own unique needs. This means taking into consideration how many packed meals you'll need especially if you need to go on overtime, what your overall budget is, what you tend to crave on snack-wise during the day, and how much time you have to cook each week.

2. Use a notebook or digital planning tool to plan how many meals you need for that specific week based on your needs. An example could look like this:

                  Monday: 1 breakfast, 1 packed lunch, 1 quick dinner

                  Tuesday: 1 breakfast, 1 quick dinner

                  Wednesday: 1 breakfast, 1 packed lunch, a snack for overtime, leftovers for dinner

Be prepared to have leftovers especially if you're still beginning to figure out how much to cook for yourself. Don't waste food; Karton.ph may have the right ingredients you need to turn your leftovers into a delicious, nutritious meal with just a few add-ons and in under 15 minutes!

3. Spend a few minutes each week compiling a list of recipes, especially those that are healthy and take 30 minutes or less to make. When you have the luxury of more time than usual, get creative in the kitchen to cook up something new. Who knew that roasting vegetables in an oven for 30 minutes can make such a delicious and tasty meal in under 20 minutes with the right seasonings from Karton.ph? Sometimes, the healthiest meals are the simplest, with a little imagination. Investing time to research and your body (and budget) will thank you. As you go along your gastronomic journey, take notes about your favorite recipes, sauces, or other add-ons so that you can always make sure that you have stock of them at home.
 

4. Work on your meal calendar by using recipes that require similar ingredients. If your weekly meal calendar is comprised of a wide variety of Asian, Western, and Mediterranean dishes, you'll end up with an excessive amount of leftover produce and ingredients, which is also money down the drain. It would be recommended to work on weekly themes that can revolve around similar ingredients, such as:

  • Grilled meats and Mediterranean pastas or salads
  • Salads, sandwiches, and dips
  • Asian themed for the week: Chinese, Thai, Indonesian, Vietnamese, Malaysian

If you have a favorite ingredient, such as salmon for example, you can also find out how you can cook salmon in many different ways so that you can enjoy it 2-3 times a week. You can do the same with another ingredient the following week, and so on. Don't be afraid to get creative and change it up.

5.Check what you already have in your pantry, and once you're done with meal planning then you can make your grocery list. If you intend to use fresh produce, keep in mind that it's best to purchase them within 1-3 days of using it up because they spoil faster. You can do most of your weekly grocery shopping on Sundays, then do a quick run midweek or Thursday to score fresh produce.

Best of all, you don't have to do all the work yourself. Get in touch with Karton.ph to have your meal planning essentials delivered straight to your door!

 

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