When you’re trying to lose weight, you can sometimes feel a little lost, and even when you have a whole lot of recipes on hand, you might not know how to start making a meal plan. Meal Plans 101 has gone to great lengths to provide you with the best meal plans for weight loss for free, but if you’re interested in making your own from the recipes shared on the website, you may want to try a fun game that’s centered in the classic game of bingo.
Many remember bingo to be a game played by geriatrics in retirement homes – not exactly the energy level we’re all aspiring for. In recent years, however, we’ve seen bingo evolve into a popular pastime that rakes in over $557 million per year in the UK alone. The UK has also begun to use it to teach people to eat healthier food through the Food Standards Agency’s Eatwell Bingo. Food and bingo come together once again in a competition recently run by Free Bingo Hunter, where players earn the chance to win a cookbook simply by guessing the name of the foodie in a blurred-out photo posted on their Facebook page. Bingo has continued to be used for a variety of causes, and you can use its simple mechanics to create week-long meal plans for yourself as well.
To start, you need to come up with 25 different recipes, with five for each of the categories: Breakfast, Lunch, Light Snack, Dinner, Dessert.
You can find a host of recipes on Meal Plans 101, but feel free to include recipes you like from other sources as well. Once you have a list, use a free bingo card generator service like Print-Bingo.com to arrange the recipes so that each category has its own column. Number the items on each of the categories from 1-5, and you can start playing!
Roll a die, and take note of the recipe that corresponds to the number that you just rolled – this will be the dish you’re preparing for that category on Monday. Do the same for all the categories, and then for the rest of the days of the week. If you happen to roll a 6 or roll a number that’s already been chosen for a different day, simply choose whichever recipe you want to prepare, or re-roll. This way, you’ll have different meal sets for each day of the week, and don’t have to worry about eating the same thing over and over.