How to Meal Plan for Your Family

There are many benefits to meal planning for your family, including healthy eating. By learning how to plan weekly meals and eating meals at home, you can control your portions and avoid eating hidden calories. In addition, family meals eaten at home tend to be less expensive and higher in nutrients.

Planning healthy, balanced family meals for the week can be a time saver for even the busiest people. By shopping for your meals once a week, you can save time, money and gas by making fewer trips to the grocery store or drive-thru. Taking some time to learn how to plan balanced meals for your family will save you time—and help you eat better—in the long run.

How to Plan Meals in 4 Simple Steps
Featured Family Meals

Healthy Eating Meal Ideas: Beat the Heat

07/27/15

Beat the summer heat by making a balanced breakfast the biggest meal of your day. Try low and no cook recipes to keep cool as well.

Healthy Eating Meal Ideas: From the Garden

07/20/15

Enjoy the benefits of backyard gardening all week long with recipes that use seasonal produce.

Healthy Eating Meal Ideas: Fast + Fresh Family Fiesta

07/13/15

Make your summertime living easy with healthy and fun recipes with foods from all five food groups.

Healthy Eating Meal Ideas: Summertime

07/06/15

Make your summertime living easy with healthy and fun recipes with foods from all five food groups.

Healthy Eating Meal Ideas: Dairy Festive Fourth

06/29/15

This Fourth of July, celebrate your family’s freedom from boring foods with healthy, balanced recipes featuring some exciting flavor combinations.

Healthy Eating Meal Ideas: Summer Salutations

06/22/15

Celebrate summer with healthy, balanced seasonal family meals.

Healthy Eating Meal Ideas: June is Dairy Month

06/01/15

Celebrate June is Dairy Month with recipes featuring milk, cheese and yogurt with other food group foods.

Healthy Eating Meal Ideas: Bone Up on Health

05/25/15

Bone up on health this week with a well-balanced diet including a variety of foods from all five foods groups.

Healthy Eating Meal Ideas: Snackify Your Meals

05/18/15

Reverse the trend and turn your Family Meals into healthy snack foods! By snackifying your meals and preparing extras, you’ll be well stocked for in-­between meal nibbles!

Healthy Eating Meal Ideas: National Women's Health Week

05/11/15

Celebrate National Women’s Health Week with recipes to delight the entire family.