Plan Your Meals
Creating a weekly meal plan will help you to eat healthy, reduce stress, and save time. Whenever possible, involve the whole family in meal planning, grocery shopping, meal preparation and clean up. Making meals a family affair can encourage variety and adventure in your meals while promoting healthy habits and positive family communication.
Tips for Meal Planning:
- Write down your meal ideas for the next week on a piece of paper, a day planner or a calendar.
- Try to include a variety of foods with items from the four food groups. Be sure to include plenty of vegetables, fruits and whole grains.
- Make a list of the foods you will need for the meals you have planned--and remember to take your list with you when you go shopping!
- Shop wisely for the items on your list. The ingredient list and the nutrition facts labels can help you make healthy food choices and compare products while shopping.
- Start cooking! Post your meal plan on the fridge or kitchen bulletin board so that whoever gets home first can start the meal. Eat your meals with family or friends whenever possible.
Tools for Meal Planning:
- Dietitians of Canada has an excellent interactive menu planning tool that compares your menu plan to Canada's food guide
- The Heart and Stroke Foundation offers several online tools to help you with meal planning, shopping, and meal preparation