Meal planning is the solution to wasteful spending. 

Here are some reasons to meal plan:

Less stress: No more staring at the cupboards and wondering what to make. Less time wandering the aisles of the supermarket looking for things that “look good.” Fewer last-minute stops at the store for ingredients. Quick answers for the daily “What’s for dinner?” question.

Balanced Meals: Planning ahead means having time to make sure you are including at least three food groups in your meals.

More Satisfaction: Planning meals as a family lets everyone have a say in the decision-making. Studies suggest kids who help cook meals are better eaters. Getting them involved with the planning process may help lessen mealtime battles.

More Eating At Home: Meal planning helps reduce last-minute meals at restaurants. Studies have shown that when we eat out we eat more calories, fat, and sodium than when we eat at home.

More Family Time: Planning meals encourages families to eat together around the dinner table. This is a ritual that has been shown to keep families healthier and happier.

Less Waste: Planning meals means fewer food items will spoil and need to be thrown away. This will save both time and money.

Deeper Dive

To learn more about the benefits of family mealtime, check out our Make Mealtime a Family Time lesson!