Healthy Menu Planning

Like most families, your life is probably busy with work, school, activities, and other commitments, and you may feel like you don’t have enough time to put healthy food on the table. However, cooking healthy meals for your family can be simple and delicious with easy recipes and a little advance planning. Here are some tips to make healthy cooking at home easier.

Menu Planning and Shopping

  • Make a plan and stick to it. Choose one day each week to plan meals for the week. Then create a grocery list based on your mealplan. A little planning ahead can help save you lots of time and money.
  • Make it a family affair. Ask your family to help you write the weekly meal plan and  grocery list-post these materials on the refrigerator and ask family members to help fill them out as they come up with ideas.
  • Stock your kitchen with staple healthy ingredients such as brown rice, whole-wheat pasta, sundried tomatoes, frozen shrimp, chicken breasts, canned low-sodium beans, no-salt-added diced tomatoes, frozen vegetables with no added sauce, etc.
  • Shop smart. Stick to your grocery list to avoid buying items you don’t need. Time your grocery trip tor when the store is less crowded and you’re not rushed or hungry. Get the recipe ingredients and other foods on your list in just one trip.

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