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Internet tools for managing meals

July 23, 2008 - Kathie Evanoff
It’s amazing the things that are available on the Internet that help with managing meals and meal planning.

Inevitably, the most difficult decisions we make on a daily basis involve what to prepare for our meals. More time is spent worrying about what we eat than is spent planning our financial future.

But there are places out there in the Web world that can help. Once such place is www.mealsmatter.org. This Web site has many tools available for meal planning, recipe storage and tips on diet and nutrition.

You simply need to register, with nothing more than your name and e-mail address, as well as creating a unique password to enable you to get to the information you input onto your meal planning list and shopping lists. You can choose to receive a monthly newsletter about health and nutrition or you can opt out.

I find this tool extremely convenient for meal planning. The site offers a page for listing three meals each day for a week. By sitting down for a short time at the end of the week, you can plan the next week’s meals, do your shopping and put all those decisions behind you.

Of course, if you want to make changes or you decide to eat out on one of those days instead of following your list, the food planner police won’t come knocking at your door. But planning ahead as much as possible saves an inordinate amount of time each day when those decisions start to become annoying interruptions.

Tuesday’s meals weren’t planned ahead. I hurriedly grabbed the quickest breakfast I could find and somehow managed to keep it healthy. For lunch, I threw together a cheese sandwich and fortunately had some fruit leftover from a previous quick trip to the store. And although dinner turned out well, it was only because my husband was home to cook. Otherwise, we would have eaten quite late by the time I got there to do any preparations. This won’t be possible next week.

 
 

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Breakfast: 2 ounces grains; ¾ cup fruit; 1 cup dairy, 30 discretionary calories. Total breakfast calories: 324

 
 
 
 

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