Meal Planner FAQ
Update for Jan 2021: We’ve made changes to make your meal plan creation even smarter. Our changes give you access to even more recipes from the Good Food database, enhanced preference options including more disliked ingredients to exclude, and the ability to select which meals you want to include in your plan. Dietitian-approved logic ensures each day is nutritionally balanced following NHS guidance. As before, you can see a full nutritional breakdown for each day, giving you all the information you need to customise the plan to suit your own nutritional needs. Please note, if you’ve previously used the planner during an earlier beta testing stage and have entered your height, weight and health goals such as weight maintenance or loss, these settings will no longer be taken into account when generating your plan.
Find out how to use the Meal Planner (BETA) with our at-a-glance guide, below.
Please remember this tool is in beta. It might not be perfect yet but with your help we will continue to improve. If you have a moment, tell us what you like and don’t like at firstname.lastname@example.org. We’re adding new features all the time so come back regularly to see what we’ve been working on.
1. How do I edit my preferences and settings?
When you sign up you’ll be asked to enter your preferences and settings. This includes your dietary preferences, allergies and disliked ingredients.
Once you’ve generated your first plan, it’s easy to edit your settings at any time. Simply click the menu icon (three horizontal lines) in the top left hand corner of the Meal Planner, choose ‘Settings and Preferences’, then choose ‘Preferences’. From here you can change your personal information, dietary preferences, allergies, disliked ingredients and cooking preferences.
2. How choose which meals to include in my plan?
When you sign up, you'll be asked to tick the meals that you'd like to see in your weekly meal plans. If you untick a particular meal, we'll leave that slot in your meal plan empty.
You can change these preferences at any point by going into your settings (see question 1 – 'How do I edit my preferences and settings?')
3. How do I prioritise quicker recipes or more variety in my settings?
When you sign up you’ll have two options to choose from for breakfast, lunch and dinner – either ‘A larger variety of recipes’ or ‘Quicker recipes whenever possible’. This allows the tool to prioritise quicker recipes at times of the day when time is of the essence – for example, you may opt for quicker recipes for breakfast or lunch, and a larger variety of recipes at dinner time.
You can change these preferences at any point by going into your settings (see question 1 - ‘How do I edit my preferences and settings?’).
4. How can I exclude particular ingredients?
Click into day view and scroll down below the recipes for that day until you reach the subheading ‘Healthy suggestions’. Click the pink underlined ‘Read more’ text to read the suggestion in full.
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