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How to Meal Plan for Your Family

08.11.2014

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 Meal Plan for Your Family   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. Just follow these four easy steps.   1. Get Ideas When children are involved in the planning process they'll be more likely to eat what is prepared. Ask your children and other family members what foods they would like to eat during the week. It will also be easier to get help with the meal preparation and cleanup process if their food preferences are considered. Search for delicious recipes to get more ideas.                       2. Plan by Personality Do you combine fresh and convenience foods to make the meal faster? Is cooking something you enjoy and don’t mind spending time doing? Do you prefer to cook from scratch or do you rely on frozen and canned foods such as frozen broccoli or, canned tomatoes or beans to make the meal easier to prepare?                            3. Keep Healthy Food On Hand Adding meal staples to your shopping list makes it easier to create quick meals on busy nights. Make sure your pantry, cupboards, refrigerator and freezer are stocked with healthy foods from all of the food groups like milk, cheese, tomatoes, garlic, onions, apples, bananas, bread, cereal, pasta, rice, tortillas, beans, etc. Remember, the food you have on hand will determine how healthfully you eat so, choose wisely.                               4. Shop Once For the Week Once you’ve made a list of the recipes you’re planning to prepare, including snacks and staples, make a list of all the ingredients that you will need to prepare these meals. Try using ZipList to organize your healthy recipes and compile your shopping list. Make sure your list includes nutrient-rich foods from all the food groups, then check your pantry and refrigerator to see what you may already have on hand. Make adjustments to your list and take your list to the store.