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Meal planning is an essential process for anyone looking to improve their diet however the actual process can vary quite a bit. In my own family and in working with clients I find it’s about trial and error until you find something that works. The bottom line is that we all have to eat but eating with a plan can lead to healthier choices and decrease the stresses are last-minute grabs.
I was introduced to Purple Carrot meal kits a couple of years ago and while I’ve used other meal kit boxes this one has stuck. As a Registered Dietitian and Diabetes Care and Education Specialist, I am very familiar with the health (and environmental) benefits of eating more plant-based meals however I wasn’t as comfortable with vegetarian cooking.
A dinner routine that has worked well in the busy mid-week, packed with kids sports and last-minute meetings, has been to have two meal kit meals (check out the upcoming weekly menu here!), and two-family favorite recipes, and one night of leftovers. Not every week runs as smoothly as planned but when it works that means only having to plan and shop for a couple of meals a week. Aside from the time savings, it’s nice to know that the Purple Carrot meals will be something good for us that exposes the kids to a variety of new flavors and combinations that they wouldn’t have otherwise tried.
If you are looking for a simple introduction to eating more plant-based meals AND streamline your weekly meal planning for the family a meal kit like Purple Carrot could be for you! Try a 2 or 4 serving plan for yourself and let me know what you think!