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Day 2: Plan Your Meals and Snacks

By Lisa Valente, M.S., R.D., December 19, 2013 - 2:58pm

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Having a plan helps you reach for healthy foods when you arrive home ravenous or need a snack in a pinch when you’re on the go, instead of relying on convenience foods or vending machines. When you make a plan and stock your fridge with cut-up fruits, veggies and other healthy snacks, these nutritious choices become “convenience” food because they’re ready when you need them. If you are following our meal plan, you’re in luck—all the meals and snacks are planned for you. And, if you’re not, check it out here—you might like to try it.

Pictured Recipe: Shrimp Fried Rice

Breana Lai, Associate Food EditorToday’s Editor’s Tip:
Breana Lai, Associate Food Editor
“Having a plan for what I’m going to eat for breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks keeps me from making unhealthy spur-of-the-moment food decisions when I get hungry and tired (like after a long day at work). I typically go to the grocery store with a list on Sunday and stock up with food to make healthy meals for the week, plus extra fruits, veggies and yogurt for snacks. When my fridge and pantry are stocked with good-for-me options, it’s easier to get a healthy meal on the table and I’m much less tempted to pick up takeout on my way home.”

Actionable Tip: Plan out and write down your meals and snacks for the next 5 days.

TAGS: Lisa Valente, M.S., R.D., Diet Blog, Diet, Good choices, Health, Weight loss, Weight-Loss Challenge, Wellness

Lisa D'Agrosa, M.S., R.D.
Lisa Valente is EatingWell’s digital nutrition & news editor. She is a Registered Dietitian and completed her master’s degree in Nutrition Communication at Tufts University. She loves tasting all the recipes from the Test Kitchen and geeking out over nutrition science. Follow along on Instagram and Twitter @LisaDValente

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