Food Shopping and Meal Planning

ChooseMyPlate Icon 10 Tips for Making Healthy Foods More Fun for Children

USDA. Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion.

Tip Sheet of Kid-Friendly Veggies and Fruits from Choose MyPlate.

FM video Top 10 Reasons to Shop at a Farmers Market

Why shop at a farmers market? Fresh, nutritious, locally grown fruits and vegetables are just a few reasons. See what this registered dietitian has to say to shoppers and farmers.

Vegetables for sale at farmers market. Find a Farmer's Market in Your State

USDA. Agricultural Marketing Service.

Search for a farmer's market in your state based on specific criteria such as city, county, or zip code.

Choose My Plate icon USDA MyPlate Food Guidance System

USDA. Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion.

The MyPlate food guidance system replaces MyPyramid. The Daily Food Plan can help you choose the foods and amounts that are right for you.

A Healthier You - My Shopping List

DHHS. Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion.

Make a healthy foods shopping list, based on the Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2005.

A Healthier You - My Money-Saving Tips

DHHS. Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion.

Money saving tips before going to the store, at the store, and later at home to help healthy eating fit into your lifestyle and budget.

Balanced Energy IN: Smart Food Shopping


Bringing balanced nutrition home is easier with a smart shopping list and knowledge about the Nutrition Facts label and healthy choices.

Healthy Eating Starts with Healthy Food Shopping Tipsheet

DHHS. NIH. NHLBI. Obesity Education Initiative.

Cook healthier by using a shopping list and keeping a well-stocked kitchen, starting with foods provided on this tipsheet.

10 Tips to Liven Up Your Meals

USDA. Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion.

Tips from Choose MyPlate.

Seasonal Produce

USDA. NAL. FNIC. Healthy Meals.

What fruits and vegetables are in season now? When you buy produce at its peak growing time you save money and you get the freshest selection.

Family Food Shopping: Spend Less, Get More (PDF | 282 KB)

USDA. Food and Nutrition Service.

Suggestions for deciding what to buy, figuring out food costs, finding ways to spend less, and smart shopping tips.

Eat Seafood Twice a Week

USDA. Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion.

Add more seafood to your meals with this tip sheet from Choose MyPlate.

Low-Calorie, Lower-Fat Alternative Foods

DHHS. NIH. NHLBI. Obesity Education Initiative.

A list of low-calorie/lower-fat alternatives to provide new ideas for old favorites.

Shopping: What to Look For

DHHS. NIH. NHLBI. Obesity Education Initiative.

Provides information on low-calorie shopping, fat-free versus regular, and low-calorie, lower fat alternative foods.

Portion Distortion Quiz I & II

DHHS. NIH. National Heart Lung and Blood Institute.

Tests your knowledge of portions and serving sizes. Download a Serving Size Card (PDF|121 KB) to help you recall what a standard food serving looks like.

The DASH Eating Plan

DHHS. NIH. National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute.

The "Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension" eating plan features plenty of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and other foods that are heart healthy and lower in salt/sodium. Booklet contains a week's worth of sample menus and recipes recalculated using 2005 nutrient content data. Also contains additional information on weight loss and physical activity.

Just Enough for You - About Food Portions

DHHS. NIH. NIDDK. Weight-control Information Network.

This brochure shows you how to use serving sizes to help you eat just enough for you. Also in PDF|996 KB.

30 Ways in 30 Days to Stretch Your Fruit & Vegetable Budget

Produce for Better Health Foundation.

A tip a day to help you stretch your fruit and vegetable budget for National Fruits & Veggies-More Matters™ Month.

MyPlate Sample Menus for 2000 Calorie Food Pattern (PDF | 776 KB)

USDA. Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion.

A seven day menu which provides all of the recommended amounts of nutrients and foods from each MyPlate food group at a 2000 calorie level.

Bag of food 10 Steps to Help You Fill Your Grocery Bag Through SNAP

USDA. Food and Nutrition Service.

Offers tools to help you learn if you or someone you know might be eligible for SNAP.

How Many Fruits and Vegetables do You Need?

DHHS. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Every body is different. Enter your age, sex, and level of physical activity to find the amount that's right for you with this interactive fruit and vegetable calculator.

Diabetes - Meal Planning

DHHS. NIH. NLM. MedlinePlus.

Interactive multimedia tutorial on diabetes and meal planning.

Interactive Menu Planner

DHHS. NIH. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute.

Helps design meal plans for several calorie levels (1200 to 2,000). Can be used in advance to plan a meal, or at the end of a day to add up total calories, fat and carbohydrates.

Fruit and Vegetable Nutrition Databases

Produce for Better Health Foundation.

These databases feature information on selection, storage, nutrition information & benefits, and more!

Food Safety at Home

DHHS. Food and Drug Administration.

Educate yourself on food safety techniques such as purchasing safe food, practicing safe handling while in the kitchen, and properly storing food and leftovers. Also in PDF|120 KB.

Playing It Safe With Eggs

DHHS. FDA. Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition.

Learn how to select, cook, and store eggs to avoid contamination and complications with foodborne illness.