In the not-too-distant past, it was common for households to meal plan with good old-fashioned pen and paper and hit the grocery store once or twice per week. But with ride share delivery services, an abundance of fast food chains and grocery isles devoted to pre-made frozen foods, the art of meal planning has taken a backseat, which makes finding healthy-yet-delicious food options more challenging.
At Fresh Meal Plan, we not only deliver healthy, tasty food to your door, but also believe meal planning is what helps make Fresh foodies successful – it’s in our name, after all.
Here’s our top reasons why meal planning, in addition to your Fresh delivery service, can help you stay on a track all week long.
Waste less food and save more money
Prior to joining #teamfresh, a lot of our customers told us they would aimlessly wander grocery isles filling their cart with a mix of foods, without really planning for specific meals or snacks. As a result, many ingredients – usually the perishable foods – would be forgotten about and ultimately thrown away.
In 2012, the Natural Resources Defense Council released a report stating that the average American household threw away an estimated $1,800 per year in uneaten food – roughly 400 pounds of food per person. 
Meal planning for specific foods and quantities undoubtedly helps to combat America’s food waste problem and save money. Think of all the things you could do with an extra $1,800.
Reduce stress while making healthier choices
Have you ever ended a work day and realized you have no idea what to make for dinner? The thought of searching through cabinets or hitting the grocery store during peak rush hour is stressful. Often, the solution is dine-in or take-out fast food, which may add guilt to your diet-and-exercise psyche.
Planning and shopping ahead of time for specific meals can not only reduce stress and guilt, but help you make healthier choices. When you hit the store with set targets in mind, you’re more likely to get healthier foods and skip the snack isle.
An article in Harvard Health Publishing states that wandering the grocery store often leads to less healthy food choices. 
“You might discover that a lot of food unintentionally ends up in your basket, including many impulse purchases that you should never really eat,” the article states.
Digitize your meal planning
It’s the 21st century! Time to leave pen and paper behind and transition into the digital world. Meal planning is easier than ever before thanks to smart phones. Simply jot down shopping lists via text, e-mail or the free notepad app. Additionally, there are plenty of meal-planning and calorie-tracking apps to help make healthy eating a breeze.
On top of that, there are millions upon millions of free healthy recipes on the Web just waiting for you to try.
Save time with Fresh
No matter how you plan your meals each week, at Fresh, we’re here to help fill in the gaps or even your entire menu with our prepared healthy meal delivery service. With Fresh in your fridge, you can make healthy, affordable food choices all week long with grab-and-go meals that are perfectly portioned for you.
We offer a huge variety of fully-prepared breakfasts, lunches, dinners, snacks and desserts delivered right to your door. You can change up your weekly meals or stick to regular staples while spending far less time at the grocery store.
For more information on how Fresh Meal Plan works, check out this blog post, “How Our Service Works.”
1. Gunders, Dana. (August 16, 2017.) “Wasted: How America Is Losing Up to 40 Percent of Its Food from Farm to Fork to Landfill.” Natural Resources Defence Council. https://www.nrdc.org/resources/wasted-how-america-losing-40-percent-its-food-farm-fork-landfill
2. Wu, Dominic. (March 24, 2017.) “Eating better: 3 keys to healthy grocery shopping.” Harvard Health Publishing. https://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/eating-better-3-keys-to-shopping-healthfully-at-the-grocery-store-2017032411333