Meal planning


Bethany Bachmann, Nutrition and Health Education Specialist, Perry County, University of Missouri Extension

With the school year in full swing, many of us are thinking about how to provide healthy, timely and inexpensive meals to our families. Between football practices, volleyball games, band performances, club meetings and other school-related activities, we often find ourselves in the drive-thru lane at the nearest fast food chain. While dining out every once in a while is fine, hitting the drive-thru most nights of the week shouldn’t become a habit. When you do this, you are not only consuming excess calories, fat and sodium, but you are also missing a great opportunity to bond with your kids in the kitchen.

A better option is to take time each week to plan quick, healthy and easy-to-prepare meals…

Use these great tips for making budget-friendly, time-friendly meals:


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