The weather is getting warmer and spring is on the horizon. It’s time to shed that winter coat and turn your face towards the sun! There’s no better time than right now to freshen up what you’re doing when it comes to meal planning! Let the change in season inspire you to take some much needed time to get creative in the kitchen!

Idea #1 – Clean out your refrigerator!

Before you even attempt any meal planning, take 30 minutes and clean out your refrigerator. Look at labels and dates. Toss stuff that isn’t good anymore. Get some soapy water and clean down the shelves and door. Then organize your food so that it’s easy to find and easy to use.

Idea #2 – Spring-ify meals!

Take those cold, winter-inspired meals out of rotation. It’s time to find recipes that utilize foods that are in-season in the spring. Draw inspiration from food bloggers, food websites, cookbooks and even your friends! Explore your farmer’s market to see what’s available and delicious this time of year!

Idea #3 – Mix up your meals!

How about breakfast for lunch? Or how about an appetizer dinner? Be creative when it comes to the timing of your meals. That small switch can make things interesting and keep eating fun and enjoyable!

Idea #4 – Explore a new way of eating!

Instead of a diet mentality, approach food in a new way. In other words, don’t focus on what you can’t have, focus on what you can and should have. Eliminating food groups is never a great idea. It’s all about balance and variety. So, fill your plate with colorful produce, fish and seafood and whole grains. Spend less time counting numbers and more time enjoying and appreciating your food!

Idea #5 – Enlist help!

If you’ve got kids, it’s likely YOU’RE the one doing all of the meal planning. But that’s not a smart approach. Get the kids involved as much as you can. That not only gives you insight about what they’re eating these days, but also empowers them. And if they’re old enough, assign them days/nights to help you in the kitchen. It’s a powerful message to send them about health, nutrition and teamwork!

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