Looking for easy meal planning ideas? Take a look at this!

Are you in the market for some easy meal planning ideas?

Planning out your food choices is one of the best tools for your mental health! Why? Well, not because you need to look a certain way, or way a certain amount. But because eating healthy foods can help you manage your anxiety or depression symptoms.

And it’s not something you have to make sure your insurance covers!

In this post, I’m going to share a really simple meal planning guide I came across recently, and introduce you to my friend and nutrition extraordinaire: Bethany Gettis. Keep reading to find out how she can guide you to make healthier choices so that you can feel like the best version of yourself.

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Who is Bethany Gettis?

So, who exactly is Bethany Gettis?

I met her in a Facebook group for bloggers. We’re not in the same exact blogging niche (she writes about nutrition and I write about mental health) but I’m always looking to connect with bloggers who can make my life easier.

I’m a busy mom of two and a half kiddos. My daughters are 5 and 3.5, and we are expecting our final bundle of joy in January. So, I’m tired and love any tips that can make my life as a mom a little less stressful.

One of the areas I really struggle in is the kitchen. To be honest, I hate cooking. With a passion. I’m not bad at it, and when I motivate myself to cook it comes out fine. But I just do not enjoy it.

That’s where Bethany’s wisdom comes in! She is a mom like me, but also really know what she is talking about as far as meal planning ideas and nutrition goes.  She was previously a nurse for 5+ years, then went into holistic nutrition and earned a diploma from CSNN in 2010. She is trained to help people use food as tools to better their wellness.

She offers a 6 month meal planning guide that I decided to give a try with my husband. Keep reading to find out more about that!

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What her 6 month meal plan entails

I was desperate for meal planning ideas, so when she reached out to me wanting to connect, I was happy to do so. There was a part of me that was a bit intimidated to try something like this, but she makes it really simple. She also offers a lot of great resources and frequent Q&As in her Facebook group.

Basically, how it works is you sign up for the meal plan (I will provide a link at the end of this post for anyone interested) and she sends you an email with a link to the meal planning ideas you asked for.

After clicking the link, it takes you to a simple log-in page. You log-in and that is where you view your:

  • Weekly resources
  • Monthly resources
  • Some handy cheat sheets

Weekly resources

In this tab, she gives you a weekly breakdown of meal planning ideas. Plus, she also offers a motivational video for each week!

Monthly resources

In this tab, she gives you a helpful list of great resources for “ditching the diet mentality,” as she puts it. (Which I love!) She also gives you your weekly grocery lists and breaks down the meal planning ideas in a simple way.

Cheat sheets

In this tab, she gives you several downloadable info guides that you can print out and keep handy for daily use!

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What I love about her ideas for meal planning

I’m not going to give you all the details about her meal planning ideas, because after all, it’s her job and passion to help you through that. But here are a few things I loved about my experience with her meal plan so far:

  • First of all, it was very easy to work into our day to day life. None of the recipes so far take massive amounts of time sweating over a stove.
  • They include easy to find ingredients. Nothing you have to go out of the way to a specialty store for. I never had a hard time finding anything.
  • It really helped me get out of my “food comfort zone.” I tend to stick to foods that feel comfortable for me, but I ended trying some new things. I was pretty proud of myself!

The meal planning ideas were simple to put together (the hardest part really was cutting up some veggies). And they tasted amazing! They got me basically addicted to brown rice, which is saying something for this junk food lover.

Like I said at the beginning, it felt a bit daunting to undertake this. I wanted to give it my all, because I told her I’d write a blurb on the old blog about it. And I was not disappointed!

4 ideas for meal planning on a budget

Here are some of the tips I’ve found that made the meal planning ideas a little less stressful.

  • Meal prep containers really come in handy. Lots of them are dishwasher and microwave safe to make it easier on busy parents.
  • If you need the same veggies for different meals, chop a bunch up a few days in advance. This will help you save a little time each day if, like me, you aren’t a super speedy kitchen master. Same goes for cooking rice!
  • Make sure you have a good set of cutting boards! If you don’t have these already, they are a great addition to any kitchen.
  • Try these meal planning ideas with a friend! Having the support of a friend makes it way easier to meet any goal you set for yourself.

Don’t let yourself be overwhelmed by meal planning ideas

It’s okay if you are totally new to the world of meal planning. Bethany makes it really easy to figure out, and also provides tons of support in her exclusive Facebook group.

If this sounds like something you want to try, it gets my seal of approval! You can sign up using the link below. Let me know what your favorite healthy recipes are in the comments, and make sure to share this post on social media using the buttons at the top of the page.

Sign up for your customized meal planning ideas here (My name is Jennifer Van Haitsma, so please use me as a referrer)

Click here to learn more about Bethany and holistic nutrition

Take back your health, and give it a try!


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54 thoughts on “Looking for easy meal planning ideas? Take a look at this!”

  1. This would be so handy for me. As someone in recovery, I struggle with meals and food plans. Everything I make tends to be very plain which is certainly not what the doctor ordered. I’m struggling to fall back in love with cooking but feel that some sort of structure might be able to change that.

    1. Hey Nyx,I can understand that. Hopefully something like this will be helpful. I find routine and structure in my own mental health recovery to be very useful. Thanks for reading!

  2. Loved this! Meal planning is great, it makes eating healthy so much easier, and is a great time and money saver. I used to be a big fan of meal prepping when I was in my 9-5, I did all my cooking for the week (lunch and dinner, and sometimes breakfast too!) on a Sunday and then just had to heat things up throughout the week. I dropped the habit when I started working at home, but I definitely need to get back into it!

    Ella-Rose ~ http://www.wanderingterra.com

    1. Hey Ella-Rose, that sounds like an awesome routine! If I had a 9-5, I probably would do the same thing. Thanks for reading!

  3. We’ve been doing meal planning for a year now because we have no choice. haha! But we’ve loved it so I am excited to check on her ideas!

  4. I really need some new meal planning ideas. I am so busy these weeks that I definitely need some help to organize myself!

    1. Hey Catalina, same! I’ve been running around constantly helping my oldest with e-learning. Good luck, and thanks for reading!

    1. Hey Adriana, yeah the actual carrying it out can take a while to get into a rhythm but definitely worth it. Thanks for reading!

  5. I’m always on the lookout for meal planning ideas. It’s something that I have been wanting to start for some time now. I know it could be so helpful on those days I need a quick meal.

    1. Hey Kathy, sometimes I even hate trying to think of what to have for a snack! It takes so much guesswork out of it. Thanks for reading!

    1. Hey Mary, I hear ya. Sometimes it seems overwhelming so it keeps you from getting started, then you realize how much easier it makes it. Thanks for reading!

    1. Hey Lynndee, that’s great! I’m glad you’ve had a lot of success with it. Definitely check it out, and thanks for reading!

  6. As a full time wife and full time working mom at home having a meal planning for my family really helps me a lot.

  7. Working a tedious job and still coming home to take care of the family can be quite stressful. Adopting meal planning ideas just makes it easier to cope and these tips really come in handy.

    1. Hey Louisa, I’m sure! The last thing you probably want to do is cook a bunch after a long day. Thanks for reading!

  8. I am going to check this out! I really want to meal plan, but life always gets in my way. Maybe this is what I need to stay on track!

    1. Hey Katie, it can definitely take some getting used to, but it just becomes a part of the routine. Thanks for reading!

  9. I’m a big fan of meal prep! I tend to bulk cook as often as possible. It minimizes the washing up and then you’ve always got food in the freezer if you need a quick meal on a busy day! I’d also recommend using frozen veg to save time. Whilst some people aren’t a fan, and prefer fresh, I was told by a nutritionist that frozen was better as the nutrients are frozen in. And don’t get lost in transit as with fresh!

    1. Hey Amber, it’s definitely nice to go in with a plan. My husband’s a very laid back person, and I am so not LOL Thanks for reading!

    1. Hey Orlie, I’ve only recently tried it. It’s kinda nice to at least get a bunch of veggies chopped for the week in advance. Thanks for reading!

  10. We’ve been meal planning for a few years now and it’s saved us so much time. We don’t follow specific “rules”, just what works for us. Glad to hear it’s working out for you!

    1. Hey Joline, that’s great. That’s what I like about meal planning. You can customize it to fit your family. Thanks for reading!

  11. Pam Wattenbarger

    I do meal planning and meal prep a lot at our house. It saves so much time! Glad it is working for you.

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