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

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Healthy Eating Meal Ideas: Summer Salutations


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Healthy Eating Meal Ideas: June is Dairy Month


Celebrate June is Dairy Month with recipes featuring milk, cheese and yogurt with other food group foods.

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Healthy Eating Meal Ideas: Snackify Your Meals


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


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Healthy Eating Meal Ideas: Mother's Day


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

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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


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Healthy Eating Meal Ideas: Improve Your Mood


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