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: Twice as Nice

11/24/14

Make your Thanksgiving leftovers taste twice as nice with healthy family meal recipes selected just for you.

Healthy Eating Meal Ideas: Gather Together, Give Thanks

11/17/14

Explore some of our favorite Thanksgiving recipes, plus a few new additions as you gather together and give thanks this holiday season.

Healthy Eating Meal Ideas: Better Off with Breakfast

11/10/14

Help your family follow a healthy eating pattern by starting each day with a balanced, healthy breakfast packed with protein and fueled by dairy.

Healthy Eating Meal Ideas: An Ounce of Prevention

11/03/14

During National Diabetes Month, celebrate healthy eating patterns with a delicious ounce of prevention, family meal style.

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!