With the arrival of August, children are heading back to school and, according to the calendar at least, summer is beginning to draw to a close. Garden produce is still bountiful, which means bushels of fresh veggies coming in that you need to do something with.
However, it’s a busy time, even for people without school-age children or gardens. When life is hectic, we tend to eat out more frequently and buy more prepackaged processed foods at the store, neither of which are healthy options, especially for good colon health. Instead, eating a varied diet with fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, and whole grains has been proven to reduce colon cancer risk.
If you aren’t already planning your meals each week (or month), why not start now? Here are five meal-planning tips as you prepare for busy days ahead:
1. Have a “Meal Planning Day.” On that day, set aside 30-45 minutes to plan the week’s menu including breakfast, lunch, snacks, and dinner. You should also write down all the groceries you will need. Click here for a helpful worksheet.
2. Make a “Master Recipe List.” Jot down all your family’s favorite meals on a sheet of paper. Include the cook book title and page number or where the recipe can be found if in digital form (i.e. on my “Colon Healthy Recipes” board on Pinterest). Then, on “Meal Planning Day,” sit down with your “Master Recipe List” and devise a meal plan for the week or month.
3. Create a weekly or monthly meal plan. To simplify meal planning, we have the following schedule, which I’ve also included on this month’s meal plan. Click here for the August Meal Plan. Create a plan that works for your family!
Try Something New Saturdays
4. Keep adding new colon-healthy recipes to your “Master Recipe List” as you find them. I use Pinterest to keep track of new recipes to experiment with, and those that are successful for my family end up on the “Master Recipe List.” You can also find new recipes in cook books, food websites like Eating Well or Cooking Light, or magazines.
5. Create a pantry and freezer inventory. For the eager beaver, keep track of the foods you have on hand in your pantry, refrigerator, and freezer. An inventory will help you on “Meal Planning Day” by showing you what foods you need to use up and when you need to re-stock, adding items to your grocery list.
With these meal-planning tips in place, you are well on your way to a great start to the new school year and improved colon health. Click on the link below for 31 days of quick, easy, colon-healthy dinner ideas. Happy August!
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For more information about meal planning, read “What is Meal Planning?