Meal Planning

Meal Planning Resource: PlateJoy

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“I don’t know what to eat.”
”I don’t have time to shop.”
”I’m bored with food.”

If these roadblocks are your roadblocks, there are a lot of pay-by-the-month services like PlateJoy* that could help. PlateJoy asks you some food and lifestyle questions then gives you doable recipes, like the one I tried yesterday: Creamy Chickpea Salad with Apples and Pecans.

I don’t like pecans, so I used walnuts. And this kind of “creamy” is okay for the non-dairy-eaters, too: it’s made with just a tablespoon of better mayo.

I don’t like pecans, so I used walnuts. And this kind of “creamy” is okay for the non-dairy-eaters, too: it’s made with just a tablespoon of better mayo.

PlateJoy got my attention for a few reasons.

First, if you’re too busy to shop, your personalized list of ingredients can be sent directly to Instacart. Homemade food is the Box Lunch Lifestyle goal. Getting those ingredients to your home is the first step.

Second, people trying to prevent diabetes may be eligible for a CDC-inspired program that goes beyond food with perks like a free FitBit and on-demand personal coaching.

Third, they do LUNCH.

Personally, I don’t need a lot of lunch food variety, and I love grocery stores so much that I work in one just for fun. But if you aspire to try new dishes, need ideas for getting two vegetables into your lunch, or would rather skip the store, PlateJoy could solve those problems with one swift blow. (Or with one free 10 day trial.)

If you try it, or if you have a another good service to recommend, I’d love to hear from you.

*I don’t make any money if you try this. I just want you give any tool a chance that will get you one step closer to a better lunch.



Meal Planning Resource: Workweek Lunch

 

Workweek Lunch, like other meal planning services, sells monthly subscriptions. But for the low price of your email address, you can get ideas for getting organized and choosing food options that fit your budget. And it’s all about lunch. Excellent!

Are you more of an assembler than a cook? There are lists of  Minimal Cooking  and  Beginner  recipes, too.

Are you more of an assembler than a cook? There are lists of Minimal Cooking and Beginner recipes, too.

If you’re new-ish to Box Lunch Lifestyle you might be wondering, “But isn’t this kinda the same thing?”

No.

The food part of lunch is important, but it’s not everything. Box Lunch Lifestyle asks if you’re living the life you’ve always promised yourself. If you aren’t, and you’ve put your own dreams on hold for too long, lunch is an opportunity to finally make good on those promises to yourself—to eat a little better, but also to spend a piece of (almost) every day investing in yourself.

It’s making these two most-basic choices “better” together and regularly, in a no-pressure kind of way, that makes Box Lunch Lifestyle work. Your body gets stronger, because you’re feeding your spirit. Your spirit gets stronger, because you’re feeding your body. Not a fad. Not complicated. And not just food.

Box Lunch Lifestyle is the foundation of a holistic lifestyle practice that will motivate and sustain you in a way that “just food” simply can’t. That makes it a different kind of animal. Just like you.


 

Meal Planning Resource: Real Plans

 

Need a little Meal Planning 101? Check out Real Plans. They sell meal plan subscriptions that you can try for a couple of weeks for free. What’s awesome, though, is that they’re generous with how-to information to get you started. (Isn’t it nice when people share?)

And look at this! They like lunch as much as we do.

I have no business affiliation with Real Plans. I just think they have a Box Lunch Lifestyle kind of common sense. See what you think.

I have no business affiliation with Real Plans. I just think they have a Box Lunch Lifestyle kind of common sense. See what you think.