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: Pack a Picnic


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

Healthy Eating Meal Ideas: Improve Your Mood


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

Healthy Eating Meal Ideas: Take a Hike


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


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


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

Healthy Eating Meal Ideas: Spring Into Nutrition


Celebrate spring with healthy, seasonal family meal recipes.

Healthy Eating Meal Ideas: Bite Into a Healthy Lifestyle


Celebrate National Nutrition Month in March and Bite Into a Healthy Lifestyle.

Healthy Eating Meal Ideas: Super Spuds


Celebrate the Super Spud, nutritionally redeemed by the Institute of Medicine just in time for National Potato Month!

Healthy Eating Meal Ideas: Really Exceptionally Delicious


Celebrate a week’s worth of recipes featuring ingredients that are not only the color red, but also Really Exceptionally Delicious.

Healthy Eating Meal Ideas: Chocolate and Cherry


In light of Valentine’s Day, enjoy the classic confectioners’ combination of chocolate and cherry with balanced family meals with foods from all five food groups.