Printable Meal Planning Templates to Simplify Your Life

Printable Meal Planning Templates

Odds are good that you plan your vacations in advance. You probably plan your budget, too. You plan birthday parties, weddings and family gatherings. But do you plan your meals? Meal planning is the most effective way to start building healthy habits, says Jenny Champion, Daily Burn Nutrition and Fitness Coach. “You’re so much more likely to stick to your goals when you’re not winging it on a meal-to-meal basis,” she says.

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And the benefits don’t start and end with your waistline. Having a plan in place will streamline your grocery shopping and save you time and money in the long run. (You’ll waste less food, too!) Before each week starts, jot down what you want to eat and create a shopping list for all the foods you’ll need. If you really want to save time during the week, Champion recommends preparing some of your meals ahead of time on Sunday. (Meal prepping is easy with these handy tips.)

“If you’re new to meal planning, start with just one meal per day,” says Champion. “Choose the one that causes you the most stress. Once you’ve tackled that, add another meal to the plan.” And don’t be too down on your self if you stray from your plan. “There were always be times when something unexpected comes up or your schedule is thrown off. Allow for some flexibility in your plan and don’t get discouraged if a meal or a day doesn’t go perfectly.”

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Ready to fill your calendar with delicious food? While tech-savvy planners can try these five apps to get organized, for those who like to keep it old-school with pen and paper, we’ve got six meal planning templates you can print at home. From keeping track of freezer meals or feeding the whole family, these printable templates have you covered.

7 Printable Meal Planning Templates

Meal Planning Templates: Weekly Meal Planner

1. Weekly Meal Plan (download here)

Best for: Planning a well-rounded diet
With a cute and colorful daily servings checklist at the bottom, this template makes it easy to ensure you’re getting all your vegetables. Photo and template: Erin / Strawberry Mommycakes

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2. Weekly Meal Plan and Grocery List (download here)

Best for: Getting organized with just the basics
A two-column template keeps your weekly menu and grocery list in tip-top shape. Photo and template: Kristina / Cents and Order

Meal Planning Template: Grocery List

3. Categorized Grocery List (download here)

Best for: Streamlining your grocery list
Sort your groceries into categories so you don’t miss a thing once you the the shop. Photo and template: Corey / Hey There Home

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Meal Planning Template: Family Meal Plan

4.Weekly Family Meal Plan (download here)

Best for: Feeding the whole family
Need to keep track of who will be at the dinner table on Wednesdays versus Thursdays? This template helps coordinate schedules with meal prep, taking the stress out of family time. Photo and template: Jess / Design Lass

Meal Planning Templates: Freezer Inventory

5. Freezer Food Inventory (download here)

Best for: Keeping track of freezer meals
Freezer-friendly meals are a meal prepper’s best friend. For the uber-organized, these meal planning templates will help make sure you don’t lose track of any frozen breakfast sandwiches or leftover chili. Photo and template: Cynthia / Organized Home

 Meal Planning Templates: Monthly Meal Plan

6. Monthly Meal Planner (download here)

Best for: Preparing for your whole month
If you’ve mastered the art of weekly meal prep, why not take it up a notch? Set yourself up for a month of healthy eating with this master template. Photo and template: Brittany / The Military Wife

Printable Meal Planning Templates: Nutrition Stripped Weekly Meal Planner

7. Weekly Meal and Snack Planner (download here)

Best for: Preparing well-balanced meals and snacks
This template allows you to plan for all your major meals, snacks and everything in between. The addition of the weekend planner at the end helps you carve out time to prepare salad dressings, pasta sauces and dips. You can also write out specifically what your grains, starches and proteins are for the week to ensure you’re getting a balanced diet. Photo and template: McKel Hill / Nutrition Stripped

Originally published February 2016. Updated August 2017.

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