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: Pumpkin Patch

10/27/14

Visit the pumpkin patch and eat it too! Pumpkin inspired recipes are sure to be a favorite at your next holiday gathering.

Healthy Eating Meal Ideas: Bobbing for Apples

10/20/14

October is much more than a time to go bobbing for apples. Celebrate National Apple Month as you savor the flavor of crisp, nutritious apples in wraps, salads, shakes and more!

Healthy Eating Meal Ideas: Harvest of Flavors

10/13/14

Fall in love with a harvest bounty of family meal recipes.

Healthy Eating Meal Ideas: Go Hog Wild!

10/06/14

Celebrate National Pork Month in October with healthy eating ideas that are hog wild! Impress family and friends with easy, protein packed balanced meal recipes.

Healthy Eating Meal Ideas: More Matters Month

09/29/14

Showcase healthy eating this week with family meal ideas featuring a wide variety of fruits, vegetables and other food group foods to celebrate More Matters month in September.

Healthy Eating Ideas: Soup-er Fast Meals

09/22/14

Center some family meals around soup this week to serve up delicious, wholesome meals in no time!

Healthy Eating Ideas: National Honey Month

09/15/14

In honor of National Honey Month, try these sweet recipes the whole family will love.

Healthy Eating Ideas: Heriloom Favorites

09/08/14

This Grandparents Day, get all the generations together to share a delicious meal of these lightened-up recipes.

Healthy Eating Ideas: Fast Family Meals

09/01/14

Start back-to-school season off right with fast family meals kids will love.

Healthy Eating Ideas: Under the Tuscan Sun

08/25/14

Take a culinary vacation this week and enjoy flavors from under the Tuscan sun.