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Food Shopping and Meal Planning

Use these resources for meal planning and grocery shopping to help you stick to your budget and eat healthy at home.

USDA, Food and Nutrition Service, SNAP-Ed Connection

Browse sample menus for celebrating holidays, including Cinco de Mayo, the 4th of July, and Halloween.

HHS, National Institutes of Health, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, We Can!

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

HHS, Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion

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

Department of Defense, Uniformed Services University, Consortium for Health and Military Performance

View a sample one-week meal plan based on a Mediterranean eating pattern.

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

View a sample weekly dinner plan, recipes, and grocery list. Plus, find a blank form that you can use to make a personalized plan.

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.

University of Minnesota Extension

Use these guides for a healthier grocery shopping experience.  Try the virtual Grocery Store Tour to help you make nutritious choices in each aisle.

Utah State University Extension

Use this handout to plan weekly meals and create a grocery list.

Virginia Cooperative Extension

Plan meals before you grocery shop to save time and money. See the simple steps here.

Grand Canyon University

Meal prep for college students refers to the process of planning your meals ahead of time using a few preparatory tasks in advance. Read about meal planning steps, benefits and culinary tips to help busy college students eat healthier.


Read the ultimate guide to discover practical steps for creating meal plans that are effective and easy to follow and find answers to commonly asked questions.