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Meal Plans

A meal plan can be an excellent tool to guide your nutrition choices, no matter what eating style you prefer. Learn the basics behind 'how to meal plan' and explore our dietitian-designed and vetted meal plans for various goals. That said, there is not a one-size-fits-all when it comes to diets and nutrition plans, so you can also use our blank template to create your own meal plan.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How do I make a weekly meal plan?

    Meal planning can be broken down into three simple steps: select recipes or basic meal constructs, make a shopping list and shop for ingredients, and prepare meals. While there is a lot of work that goes into each of those steps, after a while the process forms into a habit.

  • What is the best meal planning app?

    If you're not a fan of pen and paper planning, a meal plan app can help you to save money and prioritize a nutritious, balanced diet. Depending on the app functionality, the technology can help you to tailor meals to your preferences and nutritional needs. Check out our dietitian-vetted meal planning apps to decide what is best for you.

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