Let’s be honest… no one really has time to make a different meal for breakfast, lunch, and dinner each day. (Even your favorite nutritionists!) You’re busy running around after the kids, going to work, and just living life. This is where meal planning comes in, and finding a groove that fits best for your lifestyle will dramatically make your life SO much more manageable.

Here are some of our favorite easy meal planning ideas:

1. Leftovers are a great way to make one meal last for a few.

Whether you’re using the grill or your oven, think quantity cooking and always make more than you need for one meal. You can make chicken for dinner one night and save a little to throw into a salad the next day for lunch. A simple and delicious way to prepare chicken is to marinate it in your favorite lemon or Greek salad dressing before baking or grilling. Lightly steam veggies from your garden or the farmers market and use them for a few days in salads or heated up in chicken broth when you want a light and nourishing hot food.

2. Chia Pudding and Overnight Oats are fun and healthy breakfasts.

Make these at night and store them for a few days in the fridge. They’ll be ready when you wake up and save time making breakfast in the morning. Throw in some fresh berries and banana slices for some natural sweetness and antioxidants. The variations a