Nourishing your body well during the summer can sometimes get a little challenging. With kids out of school and schedules changing, it can be difficult to stay on top of meal planning. However, with a little bit of organization and some helpful tips, you can simplify your summer meal planning and make sure you and your family are well-fed with nutritious food all season long.

One of the best ways to simplify your summer meal is to plan ahead. Instead of trying to figure out what to make for dinner each day, take an hour or two to plan out your meals for the entire summer. Start by creating a list of meal ideas for each month, along with the corresponding grocery list. This way, you only have to do your meal planning once, and you can easily repeat it for June, July, and August. I often use this tool to help plan out my meals.  

To help make this process even easier, Chat GPT, an AI-powered chatbot, can help you generate meal ideas and grocery lists with just a few prompts. Simply enter in the types of meals you want to make (e.g. vegetarian, kid-friendly, quick and easy), and Chat GPT will provide you with a list of meal ideas along with the ingredients you need to buy.

A prompt you can use is:

“Create 1 month of summer dinners that include vegetarian on Mondays and Wednesdays, Taco Tuesdays, BBQ and salad on Thursdays and the weekend meals can be easily made at home or camping. Include grocery lists for each week”.

Another tip is to prep ahead of time. Consider marinating some of your proteins in the sauce and then freezing them. This way, they are ready to throw on the BBQ when you're ready to cook. You can also pre-chop vegetables and portion out snacks ahead of time to make meal prep faster and easier.

For adventure snacks, making a giant batch of healthy energy balls can help ensure the energy levels stay high enough to avoid meltdowns. These delicious bite-sized snacks are packed with nutritious ingredients like oats, nuts, seeds, and dried fruit. They are perfect for taking on hikes, road trips, or any summer adventure.

By taking the time to plan ahead, using tools like Chat GPT, and prep ahead of time, you can simplify your summer meal planning and make sure that you and your family are well-fed and happy all season long.