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 Ideas: Under the Tuscan Sun

08/25/14

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

Healthy Eating Ideas: Zucchini

08/18/14

From appetizers to dessert, enjoy zucchini many different ways this week with healthy family recipes.

Healthy Eating Ideas: Peachy Keen

08/11/14

Plan peachy-keen family meals all week long in honor of National Peach Month.

Healthy Eating Ideas: Summer Produce

08/04/14

Celebrate summer with fresh, balanced family meals featuring in-season fruits and vegetables this week.

Healthy Eating Ideas: Tex-Mex

07/28/14

Enjoy ingredients like shredded cheese, meat, beans, spices and tortillas this week in a celebration of Tex-Mex cuisine.

Healthy Eating Ideas: No Cooking Required

07/21/14

Teach life skills over summer break by getting kids involved in the kitchen. These healthy “no cooking required” recipes are a great place to start!

Healthy Eating Ideas: Creative Combinations

07/14/14

Tickle your family's taste buds this week with recipes that offer some of the more creative and clever flavor combinations from our library.

Healthy Eating Ideas: Smart Summertime Snacking

07/07/14

Snack on something different this summer. Combine smaller healthy snacks into a fun family meal.

Healthy Eating Ideas: All American Favorites

06/30/14

Celebrate Fourth of July with favorite American dishes and other Red-White-and-Blue themed recipes.

Healthy Eating Ideas: Say Cheese Please!

06/23/14

June is Dairy Month and time to explore the secrets, stories and statistics of America’s edible obsession, Cheese!