Episode 1: Meal Planning for Beginners

In Episode 1: Meal Planning for Beginners of the Healthy Family Project podcast, we talk to Produce for Kids blog contributor and author of MealPlanningMagic.com, Brenda Thompson. Brenda shares tips and ideas about meal planning. She shares how it is not only a healthy way of living but can also help save time and money.

Brenda Thompson is a busy mom and wife, foodie, self-taught meal planner and freelance writer currently residing in Houston, Texas. Her motivation to become more organized in the kitchen was realized after the birth of her first child. Now, mom to one preteen and one teenager, life seems to move non-stop. That doesn’t mean she has to sacrifice healthy meals for her family.

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Why Meal Planning Is Beneficial

Here at Healthy Family Project we know how important it is to save money, time, and spend quality time with your families. Through her blog, Meal Planning Magic, Brenda shares tips to make mealtimes healthier but also how to save time and money. Eating better is still possible without sacrificing our pocketbooks. She also loves to spend time in the kitchen with her family.

If your kids like to help in the kitchen, make sure to check out our Episode 21: Meal Planning & Cooking with Kids.

Having the kids help in the kitchen not only means spending quality time together, but it’s also a great way for her children to learn new skills. Brenda believes there is no “one-size-fits-all” approach to meal planning and offers up-to-date ideas to others to help make meal-prep more enjoyable.

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