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
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