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: Eggcellent

01/26/15

Try some eggcellent family meals this week with eggs as the main ingredient.

Healthy Eating Meal Ideas: Winter Produce

01/19/15

Beat winter’s chill with hearty meals made with seasonal produce.

Healthy Eating Meal Ideas: Healthy Eating Planner

01/12/15

Use the Healthy Eating Planner on HealthyEating.org then plan on healthy meals with foods from all five food groups all week long.

Family Meals Matter: Low and Slow

01/05/15

Set out the slow cooker for a week of make ahead meals that cook while you’re away.

Family Meals Matter: Healthy Wealthy New Year

12/29/14

Serve up health and wealth in the New Year with delicious dishes from across the globe that represent money and prosperity.

Healthy Eating Meal Ideas: Healthy Cuisine in Holiday Colors

12/22/14

We've selected festive family meal recipes with red, white and green ingredients to dress up your holiday table.

Healthy Eating Meal Ideas: Holiday Traditions

12/15/14

Celebrate holiday traditions from around the globe this week with healthy family meal ideas.

Healthy Eating Meal Ideas: Flu Fighters

12/08/14

Serve your family delicious meals with foods with immune boosting qualities that may help keep the flu at bay.

Healthy Eating Meal Ideas: Comfort Food

12/01/14

Celebrate Comfort Food Day with healthy twists on classic recipes the whole family will enjoy.

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.