Being stuck at home for weeks on end after working a full-time schedule has been a bit strange.
After pulling my kids out of full-time daycare, it’s also been a little hard figuring out what to feed them for breakfast, lunch, snacks, dinner, and dessert.
Truth be told, it was a lot easier when the school decided what they would eat for three of those meals.
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So, I put together three printables that would help solve this problem. I created these in order of how I would use them.
WEEKLY MEAL PLANNING GUIDE
The first printable is a mix and match food list.
This list helps me plan my weekly meals.
Well, the mix and match food list breaks down the food items in each category.
For example, if I want to make breakfast I would look at three categories; a protein, a carb/produce, and a healthy fat. So I could make eggs with cheese and have a slice of toast on the side or some fruit.
See how easy that was? I didn’t even need to think about it. The mix and match food list does it all for me.
The second printable is a weekly meal planner.
This weekly meal planner is cute and colorful and perfect for the fridge!
I break it down with dates starting on Sunday and ending on a Saturday. Each day has a breakout for breakfast, lunch, snack, dinner, and dessert.
Every week you can fill out what you plan on feeding the kiddos for each meal by using your mix and match food list.
TIP: Fill out the whole week one week prior. That way you can get your grocery shopping done and feel super prepared. Trust me… waiting until the last minute never works.
The third printable is a weekly grocery list.
I am a huge fan of writing out my grocery list. To be honest, I write it down prior to putting it on my phone.
A little OCD? Maybe.
But it makes me feel better. Nothing like crossing off items on your list.
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This grocery list is in two columns with seven different categories. The categories cover produce, protein, dairy, carbohydrates, dessert, drinks, and other.
I typically use “other” for things like condiments or spices.
Look at the meal planner you filled out and take each ingredient and add it to your grocery list.
I use this weekly meal planning guide to help keep myself (and my kiddos) organized. It really takes the stress off of figuring out what they are going to eat.
Here’s the thing… you don’t just have to use this guide for your kids. You can also use it for yourself.
Print them off then fill them out and stick them on your fridge.
Enjoy it, have fun with it, and I hope you guys get as much use out of it as I have.