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: Get Packin’

08/31/15

Get into the back-to-school lunch packing routine with recipes that work great for dinner and provide leftovers for lunch.

Healthy Eating Meal Ideas: Southern

08/24/15

Fresh fruits and vegetables, plus simple tweaks to cooking methods go a long way towards improving the health of many favorite Southern comfort food dishes your whole family can enjoy this week.

Healthy Eating Meal Ideas: Kids Can Cook

08/17/15

Getting kids to help cook reinforces basic concepts for language and math, imparts lifelong healthy habits and can help lighten your workload at mealtime.

Healthy Eating Meal Ideas: Chill Out

08/10/15

Close out the dog days of summer with recipes that will minimize heat in the kitchen without sacrificing nutrition.

Healthy Eating Meal Ideas: Get Sneaky

08/03/15

Arm yourself to get through “Sneak Zucchini on to Your Neighbor’s Porch” day with great recipes from HealthyEating.org

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.