Meal Plan vs. Meal Planning: What's the Difference?

Have you ever wondered what the difference is? Simply put, if you are the type of person who often finds yourself wondering what to make for dinner, meal planning might be the right choice for you! 

Meal plans are generally structured guides that tell you when and what to eat. These plans are usually rigid, fixed and require you to eat similar foods repetitively. They don’t take into account what foods you have on hand or enjoy and ignore weekly plans and activities.


MEAL PLANNING is the action of choosing your meals in advance. Pre-determining  weekly meals takes into account family schedules, food preferences and other essential variables  to help make meal planning a more customized and personal option. Your plan can include recipes from other places for inspiration, such as family favourites or recipe ideas from cookbook, websites or magazines or create your own ideas. Meal plans are usually created each week allowing you time to gather/prepare the necessary ingredients in advance, saving you valuable time that can be used for more important things.


To learn more about the differences between a meal plan and meal planning, check out this video by Registered Dietitian Andrea D’Ambrosio;

READY TO GET STARTED? Jump to our handy template below and start  planning your meals for the week!

Or get your copy of the FREE Meal Plan Like Pro! resource here!