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Meal Planning 101 virtual workshop

From: Hokie Wellness

People who meal plan generally feel more prepared for the week, spend less mental energy figuring out meals, save money, and stick to their nutrition goals more closely.

However, when most of us hear the words “meal planning,” we think of searching through cookbooks looking for meals that taste good and are quick and easy to fix. It can seem overwhelming, so we ultimately resort to going to the grocery store every day, waiting until 4 p.m. to figure out what to make for dinner, or staring at the fridge with no ideas in sight.

There is a better way. Meal planning can help, and it doesn’t have to be complicated. You just need a good system!

In this meal planning workshop, participants will learn:

  • how to overcome common barriers to meal planning
  • how to set themselves up for success before beginning the meal planning process
  • resources to build a diverse and delicious recipe bank
  • how to take the mental strain out of making a grocery list
  • how to cut back on waste and store foods properly

As part of the workshop class materials, participants will also receive printable meal planning and grocery list templates, a two-week sample healthy meal plan, a collection of healthy recipes to begin building a recipe bank, and helpful resources to get started with planning.                                                        

This workshop will be held Wednesday, July 15, from 12-1 p.m., and will be taught by Lauren Shelor, registered dietitian. Registration is required and space is limited. After registering, participants will receive a Zoom link that can be used to log in on the day of the workshop.

For more information or questions, contact Hokie Wellness at