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Your guide to meal planning

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Diets don’t work in the long run because they’re hard to follow consistently and to the letter. But if you’re looking to ease into a healthier way of eating in 2022, something that can help is meal planning.

By planning your meals ahead of time, you ensure that you always have the right ingredients to prepare a healthy and nutritious meal. It’s also a great way to keep your healthy eating routine on track during busy weekdays – no more last-minute panicking about what to eat for dinner!

It involves creating a list of meals – and the ingredients you’ll need to make them – for a few days or a week ahead and then shopping for those ingredients. Simple!

Meal planning tips

1. Make your meal plan work for you

Your meal plan can be as detailed and exact as you like. Or, it can just be a rough guide so you know what ingredients you’ll need for the days/week ahead.

Most people try to meal plan weekly, but there are no rules. If you think meal planning every 3, 5, 10 or 14 days will work better for you, try it that way instead. And we’re all for time-saving, so there’s nothing wrong with making 2 or 3 plans and alternating them week by week.

Most importantly, any meal plan needs to be one that you enjoy and will therefore stick to. Use our guidance as inspiration to create a meal plan that suits your preferences, needs and dietary requirements.

2. Make meal planning easier by having Purition once a day

By having Purition once daily, you’ll only have one or two other meals to plan.

If you’ve got a particularly busy day ahead, you could even add Purition to your meal plan for breakfast and lunch, followed by a quick home-cooked dinner.

This instantly means 33% or 66% fewer meals to plan and cook!

3. Double-up on your portions

Make meal planning even easier by doubling up on your meals.

If you’re planning to have a spag bol with courgetti for dinner on Tuesday, just double-up on your ingredients, make a larger batch and add leftover spag bol to your meal plan for Wednesday’s lunch.

Or freeze the remaining portion(s) and add it to your meal plan for the following week.

That’s two meals sorted, for half the time.

4. Think protein, fibre, fat

Including a good source of protein, fibre and healthy fats in each of your meals will ensure that you feel full and energised after eating.

Use our handy guide to build out your plate:

Protein

  • Chicken
  • Beef
  • Fish
  • Eggs
  • Greek yoghurt
  • Tofu
  • Tempeh
  • Lentils
  • Beans

1 palm-sized portion at each meal.

Non-starchy carbs (fibre)

  • Leafy greens
  • Aubergine
  • Courgette
  • Broccoli
  • Cauliflower
  • Mushrooms
  • Tomatoes
  • Leeks
  • …and many more!

2–3 fist-sized portions at each meal.

Healthy fats

  • Olive oil
  • Nuts
  • Seeds
  • Avocado
  • Olives
  • Cheese
  • Oily fish
  • Full-fat natural yoghurt
  • Whole egs

1 thumb-sized portion at every meal.

5. Use a meal planner

Meal planning can be as simple as grabbing an old notebook or piece of paper and scribbling down your ideas.

But if you’re looking to get more organised, our weekly meal planner is for you! It’s got room to list your meals for each day, paired with a tear-off shopping list to take shopping with you. The pad features 52 pages to keep you covered for the entire year.

Add a Purition weekly meal planner to your next order for just £4.98.

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Meal plan inspiration

Looking for meal inspiration for your meal plan? Our go-to is the Stone Soup – it’s packed with healthy, delicious and (most importantly) quick meal ideas. We use it ourselves, so it comes fully tried and tested!

You might also find our 14 easy low-carb meals blog handy. From chilli con carne to courgetti bolognese, we’ve shared loads of fuss-free quick low-carb meals that’ll keep everyone at the table happy.

Lastly, here are some example meal plans from our team. But remember, there’s no right or wrong way to meal plan, as long as you focus on building healthy, balanced meals.

Our co-founder’s meal plan

SummerMidweekMidweekMidweekWeekend (busy)Weekend (relaxed)
BreakfastnonenonenonenoneFull english
Lunch50g Purition50g Purition50g Purition50g Puritionnone
DinnerLemon broccoli with grilled chicken Lamb kofta, greek salad, Pitta and Greek yoghurt mint dressingSalmon and garlic roasted mediterranean vegetablesSalmon and garlic roasted mediterranean vegetablesRoast chicken and all the trimmings
SidesGreens with every mealGreens with every mealGreens with every mealGreens with every mealGreens with every meal
SnacksHandful of unsalted nuts1 x Square 70% dark chocSmall piece/slice of hard cheeseHummus & raw veggiesnone

Stone soup inspired meal plan

SummerMidweekMidweekMidweekWeekend (busy)Weekend (relaxed)
Breakfast40g Purition40g Purition40g Purition40g Purition as an instant porridgeEggs & bacon
LunchSuperfood lunch bowlBroccoli al limoneChicken, tomato & feta saladMexican omelette with smashed avoBroccoli puttanesca
DinnerLebanese omelette & almond hummusSmoked salmon & spinach tartSmoky taco bowlsFish & hazelnut butter Creamy mushroom, beef & almond pie
SidesGreens with every mealGreens with every mealGreens with every mealGreens with every mealGreens with every meal
Snacks2 squares of 80%+ dark chocolate200g dairy-free yoghurt with a handful of berriesBoiled eggSmall tub of olivesGreek yoghurt with berries

Our nutritionist’s vegan meal plan

SummerMidweekMidweekMidweekWeekend (busy)Weekend (relaxed)
Breakfastnonenonenonenonenone
Lunch40g Purition
40g Purition
40g Purition
40g Purition
Scrambled tofu with kale, avocado, mushrooms & spinach
DinnerOven-roasted tofu & vegetables (butternut squash, aubergine & mushrooms) + vegetable soup
Salad with tempeh, tomatoes, olives, cucumber, and steamed broccoli + vegetable soup
‘Buddha Bowl’: Baked falafel & shredded red cabbage, grated carrot, avocado, edamame beans and stir-fried kale + vegetable soup
Stir fry with tofu, courgette ‘noodles’, ginger, garlic and broccoli
Butternut squash, aubergine and lentil curry with quinoa on the side
SidesNon-starchy vegetables and leafy greens with every mealNon-starchy vegetables and leafy greens with every mealNon-starchy vegetables and leafy greens with every mealNon-starchy vegetables and leafy greens with every mealNon-starchy vegetables and leafy greens with every meal
SnacksHandful unsalted nuts200g dairy-free yoghurt with a handful of berriesHalf cup steamed edamame beans2 squares of 80%+ dark chocolate200g dairy-free yoghurt with a handful of berries

This blog is part 8 of 11 of our healthy eating & lifestyle for weight loss series.

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