Meal Planning 101

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A Beginner's Guide to Meal Prep

If you're interested in less-hectic mealtimes, saving time in the kitchen or making healthier food choices—you need to try meal prepping. It ranges from simply preparing freezer smoothie packs for breakfast to cooking complete dinners for the upcoming week. Keep in mind, there is no one right way or method to meal prep—it's about what works best for you. And you don't need to spend your entire Sunday in the kitchen to get it done. Even spending as little as 30 minutes planning and prepping meals will make it easier to eat well during the week.

3-Ingredient Smoothie Freezer Packs to Make Your Mornings Easier

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Smoothies are one of my family's favorite breakfasts to start the day. They're a portable meal to take on the go and are a tasty way to sneak in those fruit (and veggie!) servings. Even the youngest and pickiest of eaters can find a smoothie combo they love—and that you can feel good about giving them.

The Only Formula You Need to Make Mouthwatering Healthy Buddha Bowls

Pictured recipe: Green Goddess Buddha Bowl

Buddha bowls are one of the year's most popular meals—and for good reason! They're healthy, affordable and easy to make. But what exactly is a Buddha bowl anyway? Each bowl is made up of 5 key components:

• Whole grains
• Veggies
• Protein
• Dressing
• "Sprinkles," such as nuts, seeds, herbs or sprouts

The Best Meal-Prep Containers for Work Lunches

Making lunch and getting out the door at a semi-reasonable time is hard enough without struggling to find matching Tupperware to pack it in. So, instead of wasting one more second searching for a lid that fits, stock up on these totable (and cute) meal-prep containers to make portion control and transporting your lunch to work a breeze.

The Best Bento Box Lunches: 10 Healthy Sandwich-Free Lunch Ideas for Kids and Adults

If the same old sandwich lunches feel a little stale, it's time to skip the classic standby and upgrade to the best bento box lunch. Bento box lunches contain a wide variety of foods in artful, cute arrangements—plus, the reusable compartments of a bento box help control portion sizes and let you skip all the plastic baggies.

Related: The Only Formula You Need to Pack a Healthy Bento Box

The Only Formula You Need to Pack Cheap Healthy Lunches for Work

Bento lunch boxes have always been my go-to method for packing lunches for my girls. And lately I've been using the bento method to pack healthy lunches for work too. Not only are they quick, but bento lunches have also helped to streamline my meal-prep process—something I'll take more of any morning! The dietitian side of me also loves that the packing process helps me ensure that the lunches include options from several food groups. Another plus: packing bento boxes for my husband and myself is cheaper than eating lunch out every day.

This Prep-Ahead Kids Lunch Station Will Keep You Sane for Back-to-School

I enjoy the morning ritual of packing healthy lunches and snacks for my kids to bring to school when I'm not in a hurry. But most days, packing lunch is just one more task I need to check off before we all rush out the door. It takes time, energy and money to plan out kids' meals and to make sure they are getting the nutrition they need. And it's a real bummer—and a waste of food and dollars—when lunches come home half-eaten.