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: Kids Can Cook


Let kids put reading and math skills into practice preparing family meals.

Healthy Eating: Go Bananas


Celebrate America’s favorite fresh fruit—bananas—this week with balanced recipes featuring all five food groups

Back-to-School Breakfast


Learn how eating breakfast helps students achieve in school.

Healthy Eating: Zucchini Surprise


Simple recipes help you cope should you be impacted by an unusual culinary holiday.

Healthy Eating: Farmers’ Market


Enjoy the freshest fruits and vegetables the summer has to offer with a trip to the farmers’ market.

Healthy Eating: High Heat, Cool Eats


Step away from the stove with no cook recipes featuring hydrating ingredients.

Healthy Eating: Enjoy Avocados


Enjoy the creamy versatility and nutrition of avocados in family meals this week.

Healthy Eating: Pack a Picnic


Hit the trails and work up a healthy appetite for dining al fresco as family during National Picnic Month.

Healthy Eating Meal Ideas: Salad Days


Explore the diversity of salads this week with healthy family recipes that include all five food groups

Healthy Eating Meal Ideas: Pre-Fab Fourth


This Fourth of July, celebrate your Independence from the kitchen with make ahead meals the whole family will enjoy.