Meal planning is making a plan of meals with optimal nourishment and nutrition for every member of the family within the available resources.
The term ‘available resources’ refers to whatever the family has in terms of time, energy, and money.
Now let us look at this activity holistically & objectively to understand whether we are able to do it justice in the current format of handling the same.
It is only fair to acknowledge the fact that the activity of Meal Planning is an immense responsibility and needs to be done justice to!
While managing our current set of responsibilities, we end up not fully considering the more important parameters and succumb to making choices within our comfort zones. These could be in letting taste score over health, convenience dominate over the need for variety, and limited bandwidth prevail over the actual possibilities.
In such a case, we leave ourselves with little opportunity to do justice to the responsibility of ensuring optimal nutrition for the family while also ensuring that healthy does not become boring!
While we know that we must include a variety in our meals to keep them interesting, we are not able to manage it consistently because of various other pre-occupations. We continue to make dishes the way we have always done and the experimentation and introduction of new dishes are few and far between.
With no/little planning and limited bandwidth, we end up compromising on our health in favor of convenience and often get stuck and resort to
· repetitions of dishes
· fixed menus on certain days of the week/month,
All in all, whether or not we acknowledge it, this is a continuous source of stress in our lives! We can laugh it away, joke about it but the stress cannot be done away with so simply!
And it will remain so unless we make a little change in our routines and start with Meal Planning in a bit more organized manner as opposed to shooting from the hip and relying on our limited memory and ability to help us rustle meals which will be enjoyed by everyone!
In reality, healthy food can be made interesting and have variety – it just requires some thought to go into the planning and that is where ‘Meal Planning comes in!