We have to eat. Every day. This meal planning tool is for everyone who dreads serving many for dinner. Who gets frazzled at the grocery store and makes too many impulse purchases. Who often eats the same food, but knows a more balanced diet is better for overall health and energy.
This simple worksheet not only helps you plot meals and groceries in advance—and notice what’s repetitious, positively or negatively—but forces you to think through the five main food groups, and identify any gaps in your regular diet. Every day may not perfectly fit this mold, and that’s just fine. This chart is designed to help you keep the overall goal of well balanced, nutritious meals in mind.
Bonus: It’s another way to teach school-age kids about the importance of the food groups, and skip those incessant “what’s for dinner?” questions by posting it somewhere! Keep the old copies and you’ll also build a library of ideas that you can pull from later on.
Note: This chart is a general guide. Visit ChooseMyPlate.gov for more detailed information and speak to your personal physician for specific goal-based nutrition advice, especially if trying to lose or gain weight.
Download & Print a Blank Meal Planning Worksheet