Celebrities, models, and athletes are now having their entire diet planned out for them, prepackaged, and sent directly to their doorstep as a way to keep in shape, look fit, and take all thought out of meal planning. These gourmet meal planning services may make meal planning a no-brainer, but they also cost their celebrity clientele anywhere from $25 to $50 a day. Meanwhile, we’re angrily writing out a grocery list, storming to the grocery store, sulking in the checkout line, swiping our cards, and slaving over the stove only to find that we’ve forgotten about five items we need for dinner. The truth is: we don’t need celeb food services to plan great meals with ease. There are plenty of free meal planning services out in cyberspace, ripe for the picking. Our meal planning regiment just got a whole lot more glamorous.
What Are My Meal Planning Options?
Meal planning services usually come in the form of apps, websites, or software that you download to your computer. Their perks or objectives differ depending on each service. Dictate ahead of time what you need from a service (Do you want to lose weight, save money, or simply plan meals ahead?) and research from there.
- Apps: If you are constantly on your Blackberry, iPhone, or Android, you should definitely look into a meal planning app for your free meal planning. Apps usually have the ability to connect to a local supermarket so that you can tune into savings at your nearest store. These apps may or may not also have access to an archive of recipes. Try to find an app whose recipes are developed by chefs.
- Websites: There are plenty of websites that are dedicated to efficient and/or healthy meal planning. The great thing about websites is that you can get updates on your meals straight to your inbox. Usually, websites contain a huge database of fellow users, so if you’re looking into connecting with a community of meal planners, a website could be beneficial to your meal planning goals. Personalize a profile with your meals and recipes when planning out your week. For those of us plugged into cyberspace, a website meal planner could be just the thing to make our grocery shopping a lot more organized.
- Software: Meal planning software is rarely free, but you can get some softwares for as inexpensive as $30.00, while they generally run around $50.00. Softwares usually include video, nutritional facts, monthly planners, ingredient databases, printable formatting, cost calculations, kitchen inventory management, and aisle organization. Before buying softwares, see if you can download a free trial online, or consult the company directly and ask for a free trial.
Whether you’re examining an app, website, or software for free meal planning services, make sure you analyze an array of factors, including approachability, ease of use, and cohesiveness. You also want a service that’s reliable, which can be a problem with some websites and apps. While researching and trying out free meal planning services may seem time-consuming, whichever service you choose will save you tons of time in the future and take the thought out of planning for the week. For us busy moms, there’s nothing better than that.