Guys - how are your cooking skills? Honestly. Because a lot of men get criticized for being less than creative in the kitchen.
It’s not all your fault. The reality is that a hectic schedule doesn’t allow you to focus on culinary flair. If you’re just barely managing to find the time to eat, it can be hard to imagine cooking and planning out each meal ahead of time.
You don’t have to become a food expert to come up with a good meal plan. And you won’t have to become some kind of 5-star chef in order to cook delicious, healthy meals. It make take a bit of learning. And you might have to try some new foods and techniques. But don’t let your inhibitions limit you.
Apply these tips to develop a simple meal plan that any guy can follow - even you.
Before you ever start cooking, you’ve got to learn to work from a shopping list. If you just run into the store and buy whatever, your meal plan is already doomed.
Is working from a list a non-starter for you? Make it easy on yourself. Make notes on your phone or use a shopping app that helps you stay organized. Even if list-making does not come naturally to you, this is a must if you’re going to improve your nutrition.
Having a list helps you organize your upcoming meals and ensure that you’re never stuck at home with nothing to eat. Those are the moments when your plan tends to go off the rails. Because fast food is always tempting when you’re hungry and the fridge is empty.
Don’t complicate your morning meals. If you eat breakfast at all, keep it high in protein and low in carbs. Scrambled eggs with cheddar cheese. A protein shake with some fresh fruit. Peanut butter spread thick on an apple or banana.
A breakfast that requires lots of prep and loads your body with carbs is not going to help you get lean, lose weight, or build muscle. And skip the high-calorie coffee drinks. They’re packed with sugar, meaning tons of empty, unhealthy calories.
Lunch is a great time to incorporate fresh vegetables and fruit into your meals.
Try a green salad packed with all kinds of delicious veggies. For the most vitamin and minerals, add several differently colored vegetables to your salad like spinach, red bell pepper, carrot, beets, tomato, and cucumber. Add some garbanzo beans and feta cheese for a protein boost and top the whole thing with grilled chicken breast.
Not in the mood for salad? You can have a burger and still get plenty of vegetables. Skip the bun and wrap your lean burger with lettuce instead. Add tomato, onion, guacamole, and a slice of cheese for a high protein meal that incorporates plenty of veggies.
Feeling hungry for a massive dinner? Don’t let your appetite get ahead of you. Stay balanced at dinnertime so you don’t ruin your macronutrient levels for the day.
Brown rice, quinoa, seafood, fish, and lean cuts of beef are all excellent choices for dinner. Add fresh veggies - like steamed broccoli, cauliflower, green beans, and carrots. Sweet potatoes, potatoes, and squash are also smart dinner options.
All of the suggestions above do not require exotic ingredients or advanced cooking skills. Just a balanced approach to eating that includes plenty of lean proteins, healthy fats, and fresh vegetables.
Feeling overwhelmed at the prospect of so much meal planning? Take a trip to your local supermarket and spy out some fresh ideas for upcoming meals. Slowly, you’ll be able to develop a solid meal plan that helps you build muscle and lose weight.