Food Shopping and Meal Planning

MyPlate Tip Sheets

USDA. Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion.

Find MyPlate tips sheets for smart shopping and meal planning. Topics include:

Healthy Eating on a Budget

USDA. Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion.

Making a plan before heading to the store can help you get organized, save money, and choose healthy options.

Sample 2-Week Menus

USDA. Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion.

These sample 2-week menus can be used by any person or family wanting to follow a healthy diet at a modest price. The menus are designed to meet nutrition needs on a budget.

What's in Season?

USDA. FNS. Healthy Meals Resource System.

Find out what fruits and vegetables are in season.

Find a Farmers Market in Your State

USDA. Agricultural Marketing Service.

Heart-Healthy Foods: Shopping List

DHHS. Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion.

When it comes to your heart, what you eat matters. Follow these tips for heart-healthy eating.

Food Shopping Tips


Buy healthy foods for your family using these tips and resources.

How to Build a Healthy Eating Pattern (PDF | 520 KB)

DHHS. Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion.

Features tips for making nutritious food and beverage choices a part of your everyday routine.

Serving Sizes and Portions

DHHS. NIH. National Heart Lung and Blood Institute.

Read about the difference between servings and portions, and find out how much portion sizes have grown over the past 20 years.

Just Enough for You: About Food Portions

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

Understand how much you need to eat and control food portions so that you can eat just enough for you.

Aim for a Healthy Weight: Eat Right

DHHS. NIH. NHLBI. Obesity Education Initiative.

Find guidance and tools for eating right. Resources for shopping and meal planning include:

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

Produce for Better Health Foundation.

Eat more fruits and vegetables with 30 tips for stretching your fruit and vegetable budget.

Fruit and Vegetable Nutrition Databases

Produce for Better Health Foundation.

Find information on selection, storage, nutrition information, and more for fruits and vegetables.

Modifying a Recipe to Be Healthier

Ohio State University Extension

This fact sheet provides ideas to decrease the amount of fat, calories, salt (sodium) and sugar in recipes. Ways to increase fiber in recipes are also provided.

Grocery Budget Calculator

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach

This tool allows you to look at what you’re spending now and how you can make small changes that add up to big savings.