In this episode of Healthy Family Project, we talk to Jessica Levinson, registered dietitian and author of the 52 Week Meal Planner Workbook about how to ease into meal planning and make it a regular part of your life. Jessica shares her favorite freezer staples, double duty meals, and ways to reduce food waste for busy families.

Jessica is a mother of two and author of the 52-Week Meal Planner. Jessica’s passion lies in the kitchen, where she develops nutritious and delicious recipes to feed her family and inspire others to do the same. On her blog, she shares easy recipes, meal planning tips, and school lunchbox ideas. Jessica also lends her expertise to popular websites and magazines like Prevention, Fitness, SELF, SHAPE, Everyday Health, and Women’s Health.

Healthy Bites!

Today, we’re snacking on some delicious items from our Mission From Nutrition sponsors, Crispy Green and Eat Smart. Crispy Green Crispy Snacks are made with 100% real fruit, allergyfriendly, and available in 7 flavors. Perfect to take on the go and give to your kiddos as a healthy snack. We also tried Eat Smart Sweet Kale Salad. This tasty salad kit is an easy side dish or can be jazzed up with extra veggies and protein for a filling and nutritious meal.


Want to skip straight to a hot topic? See time stamps below. But of course, we recommend listening all the way through!

  • 1:09 Meet Jessica
  • 2:57 Advice for families looking to start meal planning
  • 5:12 Meal planning while reducing food waste
  • 7:22 Freezer and pantry staples
  • 10:46 Healthy Bites Break with Mission For Nutrition Partners
  • 13:40 How to avoid recipe burnout
  • 19:03 Double duty meals

Relevant Links

Jessica’s blog

52 Week Meal Planner

Download your free meal planning ebook

How to Stop ShortOrder Cooking for Your Family

12 Essential Meal Prep Tools for Every Kitchen

25 Healthy One-Pot Meals

23 Quick & Easy Sheet Pan Dinners

Follow Jessica on Instagram, Facebook, & Twitter

Other Podcast Episodes to Check Out:

Episode 1: Meal Planning for Beginners

Episode 9: Quick & Easy Dinner Hacks

Episode 11: Meal Planning Made Easy

Episode 21: Meal Planning & Cooking with Kids


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