Meal planning is not an easy task. It takes a lot of thought, plenty of preparation, and a bit of creativity to think of new things each week. I have to admit – I have never food prepped in my life. I have grand plans to do so each weekend, and then plenty of other things get in the way – usually couch time, naps, and really just being lazy. Marcus introduced me to a new (to me) website a few days ago, and I feel like I really need to share it. The idea behind it is awesome, and I really think it is great for a few reasons:
Gives you the chance to vary up your meals
Helps you learn calorie counts of certain foods
Introduces you to the macro-nutrient balance
Customizes your nutrition to your lifestyle
So what is this awesome site – Eat This Much!
I would say the site is in its early stages, as it isn’t exactly all to visually appealing. However, it gets the job done. You start by entering in the number of calories you want to eat a day, based off of a nutrition calculator, which is customized to you. Of course, it doesn’t take everything in to account, but does a good overview.
After the calculator generates your requested calorie intake based on your information, it automatically uses the information to create your meal plan.
The meal plan is easily changed and altered if you don’t like an item. All you have to do it press the change button. Each item is broken out into ingredients, calorie count, and price per serving.
Do you follow a specific diet or have any allergies? You can make everything to be exactly the plan you follow – yes, including vegetarians, vegans, and even the paleo diet. There is a dedicated section where you can uncheck foods that you are not interested in keeping on the menu.
You can also dictate which meals you want to have the most calories in them, based on how you eat each day. I know that I like to have a big breakfast each morning, as I usually workout early and need the extra fuel.
After you put in every preference and option (you need to register to have all if the info saved), you are emailed a grocery list each week, complete with ingredients, recipes, calorie count, nutrients – you name, it has it! Note: The menu below is a sample menu from their site – it isn’t one specific to my choices above.
You can get a free 14 day trial for the site, which is actually enough to give you a pretty good variety of meals if you aren’t up for paying the $9 a month fee (I didn’t pay for it either ;). 14 days of 3-4 meals per day leaves you with 56 meals to choose from, which may be out of the ordinary for you. The big part of this site that I am taking away is just the ability to vary up meals a bit more. I get stuck in making very similar items quite often, so I am hoping to change that soon.
There aren’t too many changes that I think need to be made to the site, but there are a couple:
- Incorporate similar ingredients into multiple meals so that money is saved by buying in bulk
- Have the option to plan for more than 1 person if food preferences are the same
Are you a meal prepper/planner? What do you think of Eat This Much? Is there anything you think needs to be changed?
Disclaimer: Eat This Much did not provide me with anything for this site review. I came across and thought I would share. I am not a registered dietician or nutritional professional. Please approach a professional (like Anne!) for nutritional coaching.