In this visual guide we’ll quickly introduce the main feature of the Paleo Leap Meal Planner.
The dashboard is your main entry point to the Meal Planner and is where you’ll find all your meals plans. You’ll also see your meals for the day and for tomorrow if you’ve set a meal plan to be active. It’s also from the dashboard that you’ll create new meal plans.
There are 3 main parts to the dashboard:
1. List of your meal plans
2. Daily menu for current plan
3. Action buttons to create a new meal plan
When you click on an individual meal plan, you’ll be taken to the plan view for that meal plan. This view will let you do various actions like browse your meal plan, replacing a meal, removing a meal and creating a leftover. It’ll look a little bit like this:
If you access the options menu for a meal, you’ll see various options:
View/edit recipes: Toggles a modal to view the recipes details including the ingredients and preparation steps.
From this modal you’ll also be able to change a recipe’s meal type or portion size if you’d like. Finally, it’s also
from this modal that you’ll be able to print the recipe.
- Move to…: Move this meal to a different day of the week.
- Create leftover: Allows you to set this meal to also have leftovers during the week. You’ll have the option to double the recipe’s ingredient quantities to have more for leftovers.
- Replace: Change this meal for a different recipe instead.
- Delete: Remove the meal from your plan.
Adding and finding meals
In the meal plan view, if you click the + button in the lower right corner, you’ll see a modal that lets you add a new meal. You can find recipes either by looking through the latest recipes on Paleo Leap, from the recipes that you’ve marked as favorites, from doing a specific search or from your own custom recipes:
If you’d like, you can also find new meal options by using the Meal Planner’s recipe suggestion tool:
Directly from Paleo Leap
Finally, you can also add a recipe by browsing directly from Paleo Leap. You’ll find an Add to meal plan button right above the ingredient list.
The shopping list
Shopping lists include all the ingredients from a plan and will help you save time with grocery shopping:
There are many food items that you most likely need to keep in your pantry, freezer or refrigerator at all times. Olive oil, mustard, garlic, cinnamon, eggs and onions are just a few common examples.
Instead of having these items clutter your shopping lists for no reason, add them to your list of essentials and they won’t show up in your regular shopping lists. When you’re about to run out of an essential item, mark it and it will appear under any of your shopping lists to remind you to replenish on that item next time you do some grocery shopping.
Keeping a list of your favorite essentials like that is a great way to make your grocery shopping even easier and more straightforward. It’ll also ensure that you never run out of the items that you need to keep on hand.
You’ll see the amount of carbs, proteins and fat for each day directly in your meal plans, but with the full nutrition tool you can dig much deeper and get a view for the vitamins and minerals that you’re consuming. This way you’ll be able to tell if, on average, you’re getting enough of all the vitamins and minerals.
You can get the full nutrition for specific days from a plan, or average out multiple days at once. This is another great way to track how healthy you’ve been eating and if you should pay particular attention to certain key nutrients.
Keeping a food journal is a great and easy way to track your progress and your healthy habits.
Add entries to your food journal by quickly snapping a photo and selecting if the meal was Healthy, So-so or Not very healthy. After you have more than a few meals added, you’ll see stats of how you’re doing and will be able to tell the percentage of your meals that are fully healthy. This is great if you want to allow only a certain percentage of your meals to fall under the “Not very healthy” category.
Another great way to track your progress, especially if you’re trying to lose weight, is to journal your weight and add photos of yourself to see your progress visually over time. There’s no better feeling than looking back at photos and seeing just how far you’ve come!
After a few weight entries, you’ll also gain access to a chart that shows the progression of you how much weight you’ve lost over time.
Accessing the Meal Planner
You can access the meal planner directly by going to planner.paleoleap.com. We suggest that you bookmark it so that access is easier. You can also access the Meal Planner from Paleo Leap by clicking on the PLANS link found in the top menu.
If you’re using the Meal Planner on your smartphone, you can add it to your home screen for easy access. Below are two screenshots that demonstrate how it looks like on iPhone (left) and on Android (right):
We hope this guide was helpful in getting you up and running with the Paleo Leap Meal Planner, and that you’ll now be able to make use of all the features and make your Paleo meal planning a breeze.