Welcome to Healthy Dudley. This is the new public health website.

Meal Planning

Planning your family’s meals and snacks is an important step in making positive changes to the foods you eat. The benefits of planning your meals include:

  • Less food waste
  • Helps with food shopping
  • You can involve other family members
  • Saves money
  • Makes preparing meals less stressful
  • Can save time
  • Helps reduce unhealthy snacking
  • Reduces consumption of ready-meals, which are often high in fats, sugars and salt.
  • More nutritious and balanced diet, by ensuring a variety of foods

We should aim for 3 regular meals a day – breakfast, lunch and dinner, with 2 healthy snacks. If we don’t eat 3 meals a day, we may be more likely to eat fast food and unhealthy snacks instead – which can lead to too much fat in our bodies, and increases the risk of developing diseases like cancer, heart disease and type 2 diabetes in later life. It’s also important, especially for children, to eat meals at roughly the same time each day. This helps train their bodies to know when food is next coming so they don’t get so hungry between meals.

Use this handy Meal Planner to plan what you’re having for dinner this week.

meal planner

Download the ‘Meal Time’ booklet, which will give you some ideas on how to make the most of meal times as well as getting the kids to have fun with food so they look forward to sitting down and eating properly.

Meal time step by step guide to a healthy and active family