Are you looking to eat healthier and incorporate more of a whole foods/ plant-based approach to your eating? Do you feel like you are in a meal planning rut as yet another week of quarantine goes by? If so, then this post is for you!
I know I was lacking serious motivation the past couple months in terms of coming up with what to put on our family menu for the week. And since December, we have been trying to lean towards more of a whole foods, planted-based diet as well (if you are interested in learning more about this lifestyle, I’d suggest watching Forks Over Knives and The Game Changers on Netflix). We started off strong, but quarantine seemed to set us back for whatever reason, but I’d say we still eat that way about 60% of the time.
Luckily, I was able to test out a new plant-based meal planning tool called 22 Days Nutrition to give me that extra boost of support.
22 Days Nutrition was created trainer, exercise physiologist and New York Times Best Selling author, Marco Borges. Recently, he launched a 22 Days Nutrition Meal Planner which offers access to tools and foods that empower everyone to become their healthiest self through proper nutrition. (Fun fact: Celebrities such as Beyonce, DJ Khaled, Gloria Estefan, Ryan Seacrest, Jennifer Lopez and Pharrell Williams have all worked with Marco on developing healthy and sustainable eating habits.)
The tool is designed to help you plan, shop and cook. The folks at 22 Days Nutrition found that most families cannot afford the very expensive meal delivery services (which also also don’t take into account allergies, food likes and cooking tools).
How It Works:
1) Select your cooking habits, dietary needs, allergies, household size, and goals. Meal Planner will create a personalized menu just for you.
2) Browse thousands of healthy recipes. From breakfast to dinner- they offer a growing collection of delicious, easy-to-make meals. Simply select what you like, and Meal Planner will do the rest.
3) Once you’ve chosen your favorite recipes, you can use the Meal Planner to create a grocery list for you based on how many people you need to cook for/portion making. You can then email/print it out very easily.
It costs $65 for 6 months of access, or $99 for a full year. What I liked about it vs. other meal planning tools I’ve seen is that you can really customize the menu based on your dietary needs, foods you like/dislike, equipment in your kitchen, time you want to spend cooking, portions needed, etc.
I also loved how many recipes there were to choose from (literally SO many, even on the settings I chose), and everything was completely adjustable when building your weekly menu and grocery list…it was easy to make tweaks with just a click of a button.
I’ve been using it for almost a month now (though I don’t use it for every single meal in a given week), and I have to say that I’m really impressed with the customization, ease of use and sheer volume of recipes. Nearly everything we had was pretty darn delicious.
Breakfast Faves: Smooth Chocolate Smoothie / Nutty Choco-Oatmeal (YUM) / Apple Pie Oatmeal and Smoothie
Lunch & Dinner Faves: Italian Ravioli Soup / Portobello Burger / Dear Prudence Sandwich / Quick Pasta e Fagioli
If you are a new to plant-based eating or a seasoned pro that wants to make meals fun and simple, definitely try the 22 Day Nutrition Planner here!
Do you use any tool to do your meal planning? What do you like/dislike about it? Anyone else feel like they are making the same thing over and over again?! :-)
Disclosure: 22 Days Nutrition provided me with complimentary access to their site in exchange for a blog post. All opinions are mine alone. Thanks for supporting the brands that support me!