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SparkPeople's Mix and Match Meal Planner: Meal Planning Made Easy!

By: , SparkPeople Blogger
5/24/2012 6:00 PM   :  16 comments   :  8,446 Views

Are there times that you feel like you're stuck in a rut with your current meal plan or that you just don't know what to make for certain meals? If so, then the Mix and Match Meal Planner may be just what you are looking for!

The Mix and Match Meal Planner is a tool that is very easy to use and can help you plan out healthy meals that meet your nutrition goals. Planning out your meals ahead of time can help you stay on track a lot easier than if you wait last minute to decide what you might eat. If you are anything like me and you don't like to cook and/or would like to find some quick and simple meals, then the Mix and Match Meal Planner may be just the thing to help you get on track (and stay on track) with eating healthier meals overall. This interactive feature allows you to choose the food items that you like, but it will also make sure you pick the right items to make it a complete meal that is healthy and tasty.

With all the different options available in the Mix and Match Meal Planner, there are numerous meals that you can create to give your meals quite the variety. You can not only save time with your meal planning, but you can also say goodbye to boring meals!


How it Works:

Select which meal you would like to create (breakfast, salads, sandwiches or dinner) by clicking on the appropriate tab. Select one option from each of the drop down lists and you will automatically see the nutrition values listed in the nutrition facts section. Once you have selected an option from each drop down list, you can then click the button to "Add to SparkPeople Nutrition Tracker," then select which date and meal category you want to add it to. Once you do that, your meal from the Mix and Match Meal Planner will be listed on your Nutrition Tracker page.

Sample Meals Created with the Mix and Match Meal Planner:

Breakfast:





Dinner:
 
 




Have you used the Mix and Meal Planner yet? If so, how helpful has it been for planning your meals? If not, will you be giving this feature a try? Do you find that planning your meals ahead of time helps you stay on track with your healthy eating habits?
 


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Comments

  • 16
    I like this idea, and will have to try it. I don't like all kinds of food, so this seems helpful.
    - 3/5/2014   5:05:11 PM
  • CHERRYZMB60
    15
    this is the 1st I've heard of mix and match and i will be using it when I get stuck on what to eat which i do a lot - 1/25/2014   3:24:29 PM
  • 14
    interesting... it looks like the food tracker on weight watchers. That worked for me for a year a couple years ago. Always worth another go... - 12/31/2013   9:58:17 AM
  • MIKEONTRACK
    13
    Love the idea and looking for something to help plan out the various meals and snacks for the coming week and then easily populate on the tracker when eaten. Or better yet put in "Planned" items for the tracker and then just confirm or check when eaten. This meal plan has too limited of options and geared more towards a lot of preparation. Is there any tool that has a large database of items that cover most things available in stores? I like the idea of picking things and having nutrition shown and then being able to delete or switch out things to come up with desired total cals for meal or day. - 9/13/2013   6:09:23 PM
  • GRAMMADONNAMOM
    12
    Trying to find it - 6/30/2013   10:41:40 PM
  • 11
    Sounds like a great idea - and I didn't know this existed!
    I'll have to have a look. I know that meal planning is a great idea, and that it can work wonders. I also know I should do it, cos I really do *not* enjoy thinking up what to have for dinner!
    I'll have a look, just for ideas probably. The previous comments about limitations and bra ponder food are causing me concern. - 5/26/2012   3:58:43 PM
  • 10
    I had a look at it - but I thought the same as others before me: Too limited, too much focused on brands.

    What I think is worsed tho, is the focus on low fat products, tho these products are often full of extra sugar - the taste has to come from somewhere.

    But I like the concept of planning my meals, adding them to the tracker and then just print my groceries list for the next week :) - 5/26/2012   12:53:50 PM
  • 9
    Nice concept but...

    I've looked at it a few times over the years I've been a member and, like others, haven't bothered since it includes too few options and far too many of my normal foods are not there. I also set up custom meals because the pre-defined ones (which I really wish I could hide!) also didn't work (I want to specifically track snacks by time of day (e.g. morning, afternoon & evening when I do snack). Food groupings, personally added foods, and pre-populating the tracker to create the grocery list is more flexible and truer to my food choices.

    However, I can see where someone just starting out might find it useful for a short time. - 5/26/2012   12:15:05 PM
  • 8
    It's very limited as to its options. Can it be connected to the entire food list? I don't think it would be very useful without that. I'm pretty sure I'm not the only person who eats yogurt for breakfast!
    So many of the few options on it are specific brands, too - 5/25/2012   1:55:20 PM
  • 7
    I agree - it is way too restrictive for me to use. - 5/25/2012   11:05:00 AM
  • 6
    I did not even know this option existed. There is still so much of this site for me to discover. I agree that this is a bit limited, but it does give a starting point for brainstorming new meal ideas. Can always start here, add to the nutrition tracker, and make changes there. - 5/25/2012   10:38:44 AM
  • CINDYB3511
    5
    interesting
    - 5/25/2012   8:08:23 AM
  • 4
    Interesting. - 5/25/2012   2:19:53 AM
  • AZURE-SKY
    3
    This meal planner is too restrictive. This might work if there were more choices for each category. For breakfast, you don't even include 1% milk! Unless you include all the foods from the database, IMHO, it's worthless.

    Creating your own groupings is much more efficient, and has the added flexibility of being able to use foods you entered yourself.

    - 5/24/2012   11:17:45 PM
  • 2
    I don't know how well it could work for me- one of the other 2 people in my household is diabetic and the other one has strange eating habits. - 5/24/2012   10:25:05 PM
  • 1
    I often make my own sausage muffin with a veggie sausage, whole wheat english muffin and laughing cow light wedges, with a hard boiled egg on the side. I also drink my coffee the same way for breakfast. I added all of these elements into the planner and just click my "McTiburona with coffee" breakfast on those days. Makes it a lot easier that way. - 5/24/2012   8:24:03 PM

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