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Plan Your Weekly Meals

Here are some simple tips to get you started:

See what you already have.

Look in your freezer, cabinets, and refrigerator. You can save money by using these items in planned meals.

Write down your meals.

It’s helpful to write out your meals for the week. Plan out what you want to have for breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks. Use theCreate a Grocery Game Plan - Weekly Calendaras a guide.

Write down recipes to try.

Find new ideas for healthy and budget-friendly meals based on what you have, foods your family enjoys, and foods that are good buys.Visit MyPlate Kitchen for recipe ideas.

Think about your time.

Choose meals you can prepare when you’re short on time. Save the ones that take longer for days off or when family members are free to help.

Plan to use leftovers.

Make larger meals with enough servings for leftovers. On busy days, just heat and serve.

Make a grocery list.

Organize your grocery list by store section to make shopping quick and easy. For a free template, try theCreate a Grocery Game Plan - Grocery List.

Build your shopping list as you go.

Keep a list of foods you need on your refrigerator or on a free app on your phone. Add items as you run out. Some apps let you sync grocery lists with others in your household.

Buy a mix of fresh, frozen, and self-stable items.

Plan for a mix of fresh, frozen, and shelf-stable (or non-perishable) foods for your meals. Eat your fresh foods first so they don’t go bad. Stock your freezer and pantry with items you can eat later.

Make a Plan | MyPlate (2024)


Does the food pyramid still exist? ›

For the record, we do not have a new food pyramid.

Many people don't realize the food pyramid was actually retired more than a decade ago, when the Obama administration updated federal nutrition messaging to a plate visualization, AKA MyPlate. (Most people have also never heard of MyPlate, as I noted recently.)

What is MyPlate plan? ›

The MyPlate Plan* shows your food group targets – what and how much to eat within your calorie allowance. Your food plan is personalized, based on your: Age. Sex. Height.

What is the best app for tracking food groups? ›

Nutrilio is the best app for everybody who starts with a food or water track, wants to lose weight, or just wants to be mindful. If you have food allergies, health symptoms, or mood swings, you would benefit too. It is proven - the first step to a healthy body is tracking your intake.

What is the new version of the food pyramid? ›

If you feel lost when it comes to making healthy eating decisions, you are not alone.

Who replaced the food pyramid? ›

MyPlate replaced MyPyramid and the Food Guide Pyramid in June 2011. MyPlate is part of a larger communication initiative based on the Dietary Guidelines for Americans to help consumers make better food choices.

How to create your own diet plan? ›

How to Create Your Own Custom Weight Loss Meal Plans
  1. Avoid Calorie Counting. ...
  2. Find Nutrient-Dense Foods. ...
  3. Stick to an Eating Schedule. ...
  4. Find a Meal Prep Method That Fits Your Routine. ...
  5. Eat Foods You Actually Like. ...
  6. Variety Is Best. ...
  7. Remember to Plan For Snacks. ...
  8. Learn More About Weight Loss Meal Plans and Fitness.

What should my meal plan look like? ›

A clean-eating meal plan includes tons of fresh fruits and veggies, high-fiber whole grains and legumes, healthy fats and lean proteins (like fish and chicken). It skips added sugars and minimizes sodium and saturated fats that can damage our hearts when we eat too much of them.

Why is too much salt unhealthy? ›

Eating too much sodium can increase your blood pressure and your risk for heart disease and stroke. Together, heart disease and stroke kill more Americans each year than any other cause.

How many cups of fruit per day? ›

Daily Fruit Table
Daily Recommendations*
Women19-30 yrs1½ to 2 cups
31-59 yrs1½ to 2 cups
60+ yrs1½ to 2 cups
Men19-30 yrs2 to 2½ cups
9 more rows

What are the 5 food groups? ›

As the MyPlate icon shows, the five food groups are Fruits, Vegetables, Grains, Protein Foods, and Dairy. The 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans emphasizes the importance of an overall healthy eating pattern with all five groups as key building blocks, plus oils.

What is the best free diet app? ›

The best free weight loss apps on our list are Fooducate, Lose It!, and Zero.

How can I track my food for free? ›

If you want to know how many calories are in the foods you eat, or how many calories you eat each day, the MyFitnessPal app makes it easy. Sign up for a free account and download the app.

How do I track how much food I eat? ›

Write down what you eat and drink on paper, keep notes on your computer or digital device, or use a food tracking website or app. Track what you ate, the times you ate and portion sizes. Add notes about what you were doing while you were eating.

Did they get rid of the food pyramid? ›

So what happened to the food pyramid? The classic food pyramid was replaced in 2005 by a funky pyramid with a figure climbing up stairs on the side. If you don't remember this, don't worry — it wasn't around long. In 2011, the new food pyramid was replaced by the USDA's MyPlate.

When did they stop teaching the food pyramid? ›

MyPlate replaced the USDA's food pyramid, which was in use from 1992 to 2011. Although it was recognized by generations of schoolkids, nutritionists were critical of the pyramid for promoting too many carbohydrates through grains and cutting back on fats.

What took the place of the food pyramid? ›

MyPlate replaced the food pyramid. It comes from the U.S. government as a way to picture what to put on your plate.

What is the problem with the food pyramid? ›

The food pyramid promotes a diet that is high in sugar (carbohydrates) and low in healthy fats. It's a recipe for poor nutrition, and poor nutrition is the recipe for malnutrition. Malnutrition leads to mineral deficiencies and imbalances in body chemistry - ultimately manifesting in chronic disease.

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