Do you dabble in the art of meal planning? If not, now is the time to start. Planning your meals in advance can do a lot of good for your health and wellness goals. With the help of NOW®, we’re showing you how to make meal planning with clean, wholesome ingredients a part of your journey to good health!
When it comes to eating well, meal planning is a helpful way to ensure you stick to healthy habits. Fail to plan and you might find yourself binging in front of an open refrigerator or opting for last-minute takeout. Been there, done that! Thanks to these clean and easy recipes developed by R&D Chef Suzy Singh at NOW®, those days are over. Here’s just one full day of nutritious eats, which we’re hoping will inspire you to start your meal planning routine NOW. Why? Planning in advance can help you:
- Keep track of your weight management goals
- Save time (we all need this, right?)
- Stick to a grocery budget
- Eat healthier
- Try new foods/recipes
NOW® Green Smoothie
Smoothies are a great way to get the morning started off right – especially when you choose a recipe that is jam-packed with nutritious ingredients. But sometimes whipping up a smoothie is more work and mess than you thought. Let’s change that! Help this green smoothie recipe fit seamlessly into your meal-planning regimen by freezing some of the main ingredients: banana, kale, spinach and avocado. Place all into a freezer bag and dump frozen ingredients into the blender at meal time – voila! The remaining ingredients can also be prepped in advance by measuring and storing in individual containers. Busy week? Prep 3-5 smoothies in advance for several quick and easy meals on the go!
Does it get more convenient than this? Mason jar salads are a quick and simple choice when it comes to lunchtime meal-planning – not to mention they are pretty adorable. Just throw the ingredients into a jar, pop in the fridge the night before, and you have a colorful lunch ready to grab in the morning. Did we mention it’s good for you? This salad is as nutritious as it is pretty – with nutrient rich add-ins like baby kale, organic millet and heart-healthy Tamari Almonds.
Tip: While you can prep enough ingredients for multiple salads in advance, I prefer to fully assemble just one at a time to avoid sogginess.
You had me at “cacao.” Not only will these energy bites provide you with an afternoon pick-me-up, they’ll also satisfy that chocolate craving. I know what you’re thinking: cacao, for a snack? Is it really healthy? As a sugar-free, butter-free and flourless recipe, these energy bites are certainly a cleaner snacking option. Key ingredients like Organic Raw Cacao Nibs, Hazelnut BetterStevia® and Organic Cocoa Powder provide all the flavor you need.
Make a big batch of these Bites and pack a few for a snack, or even as a quick breakfast. Once refrigerated, these energy bites will last up to two weeks (that is, if they’re not devoured before that).
Vegan Wild Rice Soup
A good transitional dinner as we head into cooler weather, try this simple and delicious Vegan Wild Rice Soup. Chock full of fresh vegetables and Organic Wild Rice – a good source of protein and fiber – you’ll love prepping this soup on a Sunday to enjoy it all week long. Free of traditional butter and oils, this soup doesn’t disappoint when it comes to flavor. Just two tablespoons of Ellyndale® Organics Non-Dairy Butter Flavor Coconut Oil take this soup from good to amazing.
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