Food Shopping and Meal Planning

FM video Top 10 Reasons to Shop at a Farmers Market

USDA. NAL. Food and Nutrition Information Center.

Hear from a Registered Dietitian about the many reasons for buying fresh, nutritious, locally grown vegetables at the farmers market.

10 Tips Nutrition Education Series

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.

What's in Season?

USDA. Food and Nutrition Service.

Find out what fruits and vegetables are in season.

Find a Farmers Market in Your State

USDA. Agricultural Marketing Service.

Food Shopping Tips


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

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.


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

Eat right and lose weight with sample menus for traditional American and various other cuisines.

Fruit and Vegetable Nutrition Databases

Produce for Better Health Foundation.

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

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.