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

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Healthy Eating Meal Ideas: Oatmeal Ovations

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Follow the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines and celebrate Oatmeal Month with featured family recipes that will help you make half your grains whole with oats.

Healthy Eating Meal Ideas: Healthy Weight Week

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Be active and enjoy family meals with foods from all five food groups as part of Healthy Weight Week in January.

Healthy Eating Meal Ideas: Pantry Staples

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After New Year’s Day, take advantage of healthy food choices you probably already have in your pantry, freezer or refrigerator.

Healthy Eating Meal Ideas: Healthy Start

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Get a healthy start to 2016 with balanced family meal recipe suggestions featuring all five food groups from Family Meals Matter.

Healthy Eating Meal Ideas: Auld Lang Syne

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Celebrate times gone by and welcome the New Year with healthy recipes that signify wealth and prosperity for the year to come.

Healthy Eating Meal Ideas: Festive Feast

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Keep healthy eating on your holiday menu with this festive feast of red, green and seasonal recipes.

Healthy Eating Meal Ideas: Snow Day Delights

12/14/15

If inclement weather means you’re home for a while, go build a snowman then prepare these delicious recipes with ingredients from your freezer and pantry.

Healthy Eating Meal Ideas: Slow Cooker Special

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Make your meals simple this week with slow cooker recipes and sides.

Healthy Eating Meal Ideas: Souper Supper

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Warm your family from the inside out this week with a selection of our favorite soups and side dishes.