Easy Strategies for Planning Healthy Meals


One of the toughest parts of getting on track with healthy eating is getting organized — but there are ways to take a smarter approach to meal planning and shopping.

Come Up with a Weekly Game Plan
This will not only help you stick to a healthy diet, but it will also help keep you on a budget (you won’t end up opting for last-minute take-out).

  • Take 20 minutes during the weekend to plan your weekly meals.
  • Schedule one week of healthy meals at a time and use a calendar to visualize and organize.
  • Plan to have most dinner plates follow a balanced model, like MyPlate: one-quarter of the plate goes to whole grains, one-quarter to lean protein, and half to fruits and veggies.
  • Collect healthy recipes online or from cookbooks and magazines and keep them in a binder or folder.
  • Choose no more than two new recipes a week for weeknight meals — just in case they don’t turn out exactly as planned.
  • If you’re usually in a time crunch during the week, choose a few dishes you can cook ahead on weekends and store in the fridge or freezer.

Write Your Grocery List
Once you plan out your meals, you’ll know exactly what goes on …read more