I love having a Breakfast, Lunch and Snack Rotation to follow! I believe that it makes life much easier in lots of ways. Read on to find out what it is, the benefits, and if a rotation might be right for you!
What Is A Meal Rotation?
A “Meal Rotation” is a means of providing structure and routine to your meals. You pick a few favorite breakfast, lunch, snack and even dinner meals, then keep repeating them over and over again. The more meals you have, the longer you can go before repeating! In my case, I have 5 breakfasts and 5 lunches that I like to follow to get my family and I through the school/work week. I also have two weeks worth of Snack ideas.
I do have a few Dinner Favorites that show up frequently (usually once a week). However, since I also have hundreds of additional dinner recipes, plus new ones to try, I do not actually follow a specific rotation for dinner. With breakfast, lunch and snacks covered in my rotation, I have plenty of time to focus on planning and preparing a variety of dinner meals!
Why Use A Meal Rotation?
A Rotation makes life easier! Here are a few more reasons…
- Most of us are naturally creatures of habit and tend to eat the same things over and over. Writing it down just gives it some formality!
- With a rotation/plan you don’t have to stare into the refrigerator or pantry wondering what to eat!
- With a plan there is no excuse to skip a meal! If you’re not in the mood for what’s on your list then just grab a couple of healthy snacks or a different meal instead.
- Grocery shopping is easier because you know exactly what you need to get week after week!
- With repetition you get really quick at making things… saving you time!
- A plan that is written out gives you visual feedback as to what your diet really looks like. Are you getting enough veggies, fruits, protein, etc.?
- A plan is like a food journal allowing you to have a record of what you are eating. A food journal can make it easier to identify food sensitivities or other issues.
- Consistency with these meals can help keep your caloric intake consistent and therefore help with weight management!
- A plan helps keep you on track with your healthy goals.
Of course, just like any plan, it does not need to be set in stone! The meal police aren’t going to come after you if you veer off track a bit! It’s still important to listen to your body and follow your mood when it comes to eating. Your daily needs can change depending on what is going on in your life. Just be sure you are eating for fuel and nutrition as a priority. Also make sure you have plenty of variety so you don’t get bored! Once you have a foundation it’s easy to add variety by changing up the types of salads, sandwiches, egg dishes, pancakes, etc.!
On the weekends we’re a bit more relaxed with our meals! Or, I should say, I am a bit more relaxed with our meals! We’ll usually pick meals from the 5-day rotation, combine a couple of snacks and/or eat out. I spend a lot of time in the kitchen during the week, so on the weekends I like to do other things! For many, this may be the opposite. The weekends may be the best time for you to cook, bake or prep for the upcoming week. Build a rotation around your schedule.
Make Your Life Easier…
When my kids were babies and just starting to eat solid foods, I remember typing out a meal plan for all of their meals. I stuck it on the fridge so it was a handy reference for my husband, or whomever else was helping out with meals. This plan was extremely helpful, especially on those days when I was sleep deprived and not the best at thinking on the spot! As my kids started school, I continued to use a rotation!
From day one, I have always made my kids breakfast and I have always packed them a lunch to take to school. Although our rotation has evolved some over the years, it has always been there and it has definitely made my life easier!
I believe in using a Rotation so much that I’ve devoted a whole top page on my blog to “Meal Rotations” so that I can share them! Under this heading you will find pages for my Breakfast and Lunch Rotation, 15 Simple Snack Ideas, plus some Dinner Favorites that show up frequently when I am planning meals. To be able to put this idea (of rotations) to use, I have even provided a Printable to show how my Breakfast, Lunch and Snack Rotation looks when it is all put together.
Go ahead and print my Breakfast, Lunch and Snack Rotation , place it in a protective sheet, and give it a try! If this specific plan is not right for you, use it as inspiration to then create your own!
Preparing Lunches for Adults and Kids?
To cater to my kids’ tastes, I do make different lunches for them. Since this Breakfast, Lunch and Snack Rotation Printable does not include the kids options, I printed my “Week of Kid Friendly Lunches” as a supplement!
Where is this “Kid Friendly Lunch List”? It’s in the Welcome Gift you receive when you Subscribe to the blog! Once you subscribe (it’s free!) you receive a free gift which includes a week of lunch ideas for adults and kids!! This handy guide includes pictures, tips for packing lunches and even a shopping list! You can print “A Week of Kid Friendly Lunches”, place it in a protective sheet, store in a convenient spot in your kitchen, and have a visual guide for lunch prep!
With all of these ideas and resources you will have breakfast, lunch and snack time covered!
See this rotation in action! Check out these five posts:
- Breakfast, Lunch and Snack Rotation for Monday
- Breakfast, Lunch and Snack Rotation for Tuesday
- Breakfast, Lunch and Snack Rotation for Wednesday
- Breakfast, Lunch and Snack Rotation for Thursday
- Breakfast, Lunch and Snack Rotation for Friday