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: Grilled Cheese Please


Celebrate National Grilled Cheese Month with classic combinations and new favorites.

Healthy Eating: Garlic Month


Celebrate National Garlic Month in April with a host of recipes featuring this potent potable.

Healthy Eating: Easter Feast


Repurpose leftover Easter ham and hardboiled eggs with delicious, healthy family meal recipes.

Healthy Eating: Public Health Week


Celebrate World Health Day and National Health Week with healthy Mediterranean meals today.

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.