Master Meal Planning with Get Meal Prepped!

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Disclaimer: This post is not sponsored by Get Meal Prepped, nor have I been paid to write this post. This post does contain affiliate links. Purchases from these links may result in a small commission used to support Neat & Nutritious. All thoughts and opinions are my own. 

I thought I had meal planning all figured out. I had a rhythm, a routine, a process for each week. And then I had a baby and all routines went out the window. Getting meals on the table for a family vs just an individual or couple is at least 10 times harder, even when you’re just adding one baby to the mix.

We eat 3-4 times a day. But meal planning shouldn’t take up all of our free time. In my quest for a simplified, less stressful life, there has got to be an easy and simple way to prepare healthy, nutritious meals for our families.

That’s where Get Meal Prepped comes in! I had the chance to interview Susan Watson and Andrea Hardy, registered dietitians from Nutrition Academy, on their latest online course, Get Meal Prepped.

What is the “Get Meal Prepped – Family Style” E-Course?
Get Meal Prepped – Family Style: Is a step-by-step course to teach you exactly what you need to know to need your family healthy meals, with time to spare. This online course teaches you not just the ‘what’, but the HOW of meal prep. Are you ready to meal prep and plan without fails, flops & frustrations? Then Get Meal Prepped is for you!

Created by registered dietitian and co-founder of Nutrition Academy, Susan Watson, Get Meal Prepped is ALL the skills and kitchen-hacks YOU need to know to get nutritious meals on the table for your family, fast.

Is this course for me?
Does this sound like you?
• You’re tired of the ‘food rut’ = spaghetti, hot dogs, pizza, REPEAT
• You hate spending an extra $100/wk eating out or ordering in
• You are running to the grocery store at 5 pm every day to figure out dinner
• You desperately want to enjoy a healthy home cooked meal around the dinner with your family, without the fuss

If you said yes to any of these, then you’ve probably already recognized you NEED a change. Maybe you’ve been waiting for the motivation or right time to get started – or the right plan to fall into your lap. Lucky for you, Get Meal Prepped will give you the skills to solve these meal time dilemmas!

What will Get Meal Prepped teach me?
This course will teach you:
• The ins and outs of meal planning from the start to the finish
• How to streamline your grocery shopping experiences
• How to plan and create balanced meals in record time
• How to create stress free meal times
• Time saving methods to meal prep including big batch cooking, using cooked components, and freezing strategies.
• Dietitian and kid-approved breakfast, lunch and dinners that are quick and easy!

Let’s create confidence and competence in the kitchen with Get Meal Prepped.

If I get one thing out of this course what will it be?
You CAN provide balanced healthy meals for you family with less stress. There isn’t just one way to meal plan, or one way to eat.

This course will teach you a variety of ways to meal plan that will suit your life, your eating habits, and your financial budget. No generic advice – just plenty of tried and true ways that work with even the most challenging families! Sports? We got you covered. A parent working away from home? We can help you with that too. We’ve taught hundreds of people to meal plan – let us help you.

This course incorporates nutrition education in the most practical way possible – through the meals you prepare. You will learn important nutrition concepts, like how to balance your meals so you can stay full and keep your energy levels up ALL day – as well as how to plan snacks that work for you and your family’s life, and are nutritious!

After completing this course, you will be able to:
• Plan balanced nutritious meals for you and your family
• Cook 1-2 times per week, but have meals ready to eat all week long
• Know how to incorporate healthy snacks into your diet to keep you energized for the day, and not overeat at meals
• Know the batch cooking secrets to success that will save you time in the kitchen when preparing meals
• Prevent recipe ruts and never get bored with your meals you prepare again
• Master your time in the kitchen and not be a slave to the stove
• Be super efficient at the grocery store … “get in and get out in record time”
• Make the most out of your time in the kitchen by putting your appliances to work for you

How do I sign up?
The Get Meal prepped Family Style is a membership based course run through the Nutrition Academy. Sign up here.

Additional FAQ

When does the course start and finish?
The course is a completely self-paced online course – you decide when you start and when you finish. After your initial purchase, you will have unlimited access to the course!

How long do participants have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, participants have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like – across any and all devices they own.

What if a participant is unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! Get Meal Prepped™ has a 14-day money back guarantee. If you get into the course and realize that our strategies are not helping you plan your meals, let us know in the first 2 weeks and we will give you a full refund. All that I ask is that you show me that you have completed all the modules and assignments, and demonstrate that you have tried the different methods recommended in the course. This money-back guarantee is in place because my course does get results, but you have to put in the work to succeed. I know if you take the time to implement these strategies you will be saving time & money, eating better, and less stressed out.

You guys, this program is amazing! I’ve had the chance to try it out myself, and it is full of useful tips and information to get you on a simplified meal planning routine, just in time for the holidays and end of the year madness. Get ahead of the holiday stress, and check out Get Meal Prepped today!

Weekly Menu: Baby Led Weaning Basics

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We’ve been doing Baby Led Weaning in our house for a month now. And even though a big benefit of this method is not having to cook separate baby food for your child, I find myself planning, prepping, stressing, and making all sorts of things for my daughter that are completely separate from what we are eating. Part of it is she really can’t eat some foods yet that I love (like salad or smoothies). But part of it is my weird need to introduce her to all kinds of new and various foods and flavors and textures even though we are creatures of habit and eat a lot of the same foods over and over within a given week. I’m blaming the dietitian in me 🙂

This week I finally said enough. I may pick our meals based on what I want to feed her this week, but we are going to all eat the same things. Or at least close to it.

I am also working on a more intuitive approach to meal planning. Which means I gave up using My Fitness Pal to plan my meals. But that’s a whole separate post for another day.

Making the Plan

  • I pick 3 fruits and 3 vegetables for the week. I try to base these off of what is in season, incorporating at least one new fruit and vegetable, and one that she is already familiar with. This week is red bell pepper, cucumber, parsnips, apples, pears, and strawberries.
  • Each week, I try to make 2-3 combination foods or “recipes” that incorporate legumes, grains, and healthy fats with the fruits and vegetables. Bonus points if it is something I can freeze extra of for later weeks. This week I made hummus, roasted red pepper tomato sauce, and strawberry chia jam. These will be toppers for veggies and items from the freezer.
  • We are slowly incorporating allergen foods, so I look to see if there is an easy way to add something from the top 8 allergens to our meals for the week. We started with peanut butter, and are trying wheat this week, so I bought some low sodium whole wheat bread that we can spread with mashed avocado or hummus.
  • For adult meals, this means using the same veggies to throw together quick salads. I’m also making lettuce cups and a peanut noodle dish this week that includes bell peppers and cucumber. Strawberry chia jam gets stirred into oatmeal in the morning. Hummus and crackers are a staple snack.

Prep

  • Right now I plan out my foods and grocery list on Friday, order groceries on Saturday, and prep items on Sunday. I’m working on condensing this into a better system that works for my schedule, but right now breaking it up is working best for me. (Side note: Instacart is life changing! Use this link to get $10 off your first order)
  • A great resource for getting ideas for fruits and veggies for kids to try is Produce for Kids. They have a list of seasonal produce by month along with a ton of recipes.
  • I get a lot of recipe and meal ideas from the Born to Eat and Baby Nosh books.

Menu

  • Breakfasts: banana pancakes (previously frozen) or oatmeal with strawberry chia jam; blueberry muffins
  • Lunches: lettuce cups, salad
  • Dinners: Hello Fresh meals, peanut noodles, pasta with roasted red pepper tomato sauce
  • Snacks: apples with peanut butter; hummus and veggies

I am slowly trying to incorporate 1-2 new recipes into each week instead of relying just on Hello Fresh, freezer meals, and takeout. I’ve got about 30 minutes max to make dinner at night between work and baby’s internal schedule that insists on dinner at exactly 5:45 each night (seriously, where do they learn these things?), so I’ve had to learn to be even more quick and simplified in my cooking approach. No trying new complicated dishes that take forever to prep or cook. And honestly, my desire and inspiration to make these type of meals has mostly disappeared. I love cooking, but I love sitting down and spending time with my family more than hanging out in the kitchen by myself.

Have you ever found yourself struggling in a new season with meal prep and planning? 

Do you prefer structured meal plans or a more intuitive and loose approach to meals? 

  • Less structure is definitely challenging for me, but also more freeing.

 

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Meal Planning 101

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Loved last week’s post but still stuck on where to even begin? Overwhelmed by ALL the resources out there that can help you plan, prep, shop, and cook?

Whether you are brand new to meal planning or you regularly try to keep a plan for each week, here are a few ways to make the process easy and even fun.

1. Be smart.

Start with these 4 Tips for Better Meal Planning 

Also check out this post on how to meal prep in 30 minutes or less.

2. Share ideas.

Check out these sites for inspiration, and share what works for you with your friends and family! (Also, don’t forget we have awesome weekly menus right here on Neat & Nutritious!)

3. Make freezer meals.

Instead of meal planning for just the week, think ahead to the whole month. Make an extra batch of something and freeze it for a later week. Prep bags of crock pot recipe ingredients for easy pour, heat, and go. Make baggies of smoothie ingredients and keep in the freezer for quick breakfasts.

Here are some freezing tips plus recipes. And here are some ways to make batch cooking freezer meals easier.

Check out these posts for some great recipe ideas to get you started:

4. Use an App.

These smart phone apps make the process a little easier:

5. Subscribe to a service.

In a bind? Blue Apron, Hello Fresh, and Green Chef all do the work for you (a pro/con comparison post of these services is coming soon!)

I have tried both Blue Apron and Hello Fresh, and as a dietitian, LOVE Hello Fresh’s meals. You can check out my review here and click here to get $40 off your first box when you sign up! (This is an affiliate link. Thank you for supporting businesses that support Neat & Nutritious!)