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: Bone Up on Health

05/25/15

Bone up on health this week with a well-balanced diet including a variety of foods from all five foods groups.

Healthy Eating Meal Ideas: Snackify Your Meals

05/18/15

Reverse the trend and turn your Family Meals into healthy snack foods! By snackifying your meals and preparing extras, you’ll be well stocked for in-­between meal nibbles!

Healthy Eating Meal Ideas: National Women's Health Week

05/11/15

Celebrate National Women’s Health Week with recipes to delight the entire family.

Healthy Eating Meal Ideas: Mother's Day

05/04/15

Give mom a break on meal prep during Mother’s Day week with recipes that kids and dad can prepare together.

Healthy Eating Meal Ideas: Stress Busters

04/27/15

Wrap up National Stress Awareness Month with no fuss, no muss, quick prep recipes that will help you keep healthy eating and activities front of mind and prioritized.

Healthy Eating Meal Ideas: Pack a Picnic

04/20/15

Pack a picnic to enjoy healthy eating al fresco during National Picnic Day on April 23.

Healthy Eating Meal Ideas: Improve Your Mood

04/13/15

Enjoy balanced meals with friends and family this week to boost your mood and reduce stress.

Healthy Eating Meal Ideas: Take a Hike

04/06/15

Celebrate National Stress Awareness Month with easy-to-prepare and make ahead recipes to give the family time to get out and be active together. Take a hike- even around the block- to reduce stress and improve heart health.

Healthy Eating Meal Ideas: Fast + Fresh

03/30/15

Celebrate Spring with fast and fresh recipes that feature a variety of seasonal ingredients. Spend more time outside enjoying the nice weather and less time preparing your meals.

Healthy Eating Meal Ideas: Luck O' the Irish

03/16/15

Enjoy the luck o’ the Irish this week with healthy family meals in honor of St. Patrick’s Day.