“She gets up while it is still night; she provides food for her family and portions for her female servants.” Proverbs 31:15
Does anyone else struggle with meal planning, grocery shopping, cleaning produce, and cleaning up the kitchen from the meals at the end of the day? What a complicated mission God has entrusted to us- providing physical nourishment and spiritual nurture through food. Every mother sighs at her child’s cry from the refrigerator, “Mom, I’m hungry, what’s to eat?”
I remember feeling frustrated that I could never seem to anticipate my kids’ bottomless appetites. In our home, we found it’s not enough to just have something quick and yummy to appease my children. A proper diet is vital to health and can eliminate disease or minimize medical symptoms. The Standard American Diet consists primarily of fast food and additive-laden convenience fare. However, by purchasing the freshest ingredients and preparing them with care, you give your family health and hone their tastebuds to make healthier choices.
The Meal Planner printable will help you organize and prepare for your family’s weekly food needs. A good meal plan not only ensures that your family eats healthy, homecooked meals, but it also creates opportunities for your whole family to help out in the kitchen and enjoy each other while learning about healthy eating too. The checklist provided on the form is a tool everyone can use to work together. Visual tracking with the meal planner can establish a system for teamwork and generate fun for the family.
Moms, teaching your kids to be proficient in the kitchen, and instructing them on how to feed themselves with real, nutritious food is a gift that keeps on giving. Not only will they learn how to take care of themselves when they leave the nest, but they will also learn how to serve by cooking for others. We hope you take advantage of the Meal Planner to simplify your busy schedule, encourage positive choices, and draw your family closer.
“If you give me ten minutes to chop down a tree, I’ll spend the first two minutes sharpening my ax.” C. S. Lewis