Healthy, affordable home-cooked meal planning

It all starts with ideas. We know planning meals and cooking at home can be time-consuming, but it’s so worth it. Not only do you save money and boost healthy choices, you also foster family bonding when working together. To get started, experts suggest:

  1. Collecting a list of ideas for meals, including saving recipes you see online or in magazines
  2. Picking one day of the week when you have time to shop for food and prepare meals to freeze for later in the week
  3. Making the plate colorful with a good mix of proteins (meats), starches (pasta or rice) and veggies

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What to eat (and not eat) when you're pregnant

With so much information out there, it can be hard to know what to eat, and what to stay away from, when you're expecting. Start by eating healthy, well-balanced meals from the five food groups: vegetables, fruits, dairy, grains and proteins. 

Try to avoid raw fish like sushi, raw sprouts like alfalfa, deli meats and soft cheeses. These can contain bacteria that can make you sick. And be careful with undercooked meats or eggs, as well as smoked seafood.

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Struggling to put food on the table? You're not alone

If you’re having trouble providing enough food for your family, you may be surprised by just how many local organizations are here to help.

There’s no shame is asking for assistance from the many food pantries, food programs, school-based options and more available across the county. The best place to start if you’re looking for help is by calling 2-1-1. Resource specialists at 211 Helpline can tell you the closest food bank to where you live, and help you sign up for the school lunch program (breakfast is always free for all kids at Palm Beach County schools) or other food assistance programs.

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