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: Diabetes Alert Day


Check your risk of type 2 diabetes then dive into healthy, seasonal recipes everyone can enjoy.

Healthy Eating: Better Off With Breakfast


A health breakfast can help students succeed in school and in life. Whether consumed on the bus, in the car or even in the school cafeteria, kids and adults are better off with breakfast.

Healthy Eating: St. Patrick's Day


With a little luck of the Irish your whole family will enjoy these tasty and healthy recipes during Saint Patrick’s Day week.

Healthy Eating: Best Fork Forward


Celebrate National Nutrition Month® in March with healthy recipes that combine three or more food group foods to help families put their best forks forward.

Healthy Eating: Potato Month


Enjoy a spud-tastic family meal during National Potato and Sweet Potato Month.

Healthy Eating: Dental Health Month


Celebrate Dental Health Month with delicious recipes filled with foods that are good for your teeth.

Healthy Eating: Heart Month


Celebrate American Heart Month with delicious recipes that protect the heart health of those you love the most.

Healthy Eating: Hot Breakfast


Shake off winter’s chill by starting the day with a hot breakfast in February.

Healthy Eating: Game Night


Host a party for the big game or a board game night at home with crowd pleasing healthy recipes.

Healthy Eating: Something New


Try something new this week with adventuresome recipes and not quite “the usual” ingredients.