8 Great Sites for Healthy Meal Plans

These websites feature tons of easy healthy recipes for a nutritious, low-calorie diet.

Maybe you’ve committed to losing weight for health reasons, or you want to feed your family more wholesome meals. If you aren’t having much luck sticking with your New Year’s resolutions, you may need a more solid guide to encourage healthy eating.

No problem: Here are some of the best websites and online tools for creating healthy recipes that’ll still make you excited to sit down for dinner.

Meals Matter - Run by the Dairy Council of California, this site features great tips and resources on planning family meals in advance, with shopping lists, recipes, nutrition quizzes, and many other helpful features to help working parents plan healthy dishes for the whole family.

Eating Well - The website associated with the wonderful Eating Well Magazine offers thousands of delicious, wholesome recipes focused on whole foods. Better yet, recipes are grouped according to dietary needs and restrictions, with categories like the Heart-Healthy Meal Plan.

Local Harvest blogs - Local Harvest is a community of farmers all over the United States. On Local Harvest, they share tips and recipes for cooking with fresh, seasonal produce. (You can also find a CSA to get fresh-from-the-ground veggies this spring.)

101 Cookbooks - Heidi Swanson’s 101 Cookbooks features gorgeous photography and luscious-but-healthy recipes featuring whole grains and mainly vegetarian and vegan fare. Don’t miss the delicious Borlotti Bean Mole with Roast Winter Squash.

Mark Bittman’s blog - Mark Bittman, New York Times columnist and author of our all-time favorite cookbook, How to Cook Everything, is an advocate for cooking nutritious meals focused on vegetables, with meat used sparingly. On his site, Bittman and his writers share wonderful, mostly-healthy recipes, and talk about food policy and nutrition issues. For more insight on his practical, minimal-meat way of eating, check out his recent book, Food Matters.

Skinny Chef - This blog, run by chef and nutrition expert Jennifer Iserloh, features great low-calorie recipes, dietary advice, video features, and more. For a delicious and not-too-decadent dessert, try out her Double-Chocolate Zucchini Brownies.

Sprouted Kitchen - Dubbed, “a tastier take on whole foods,” this gorgeous food blog from a young couple, Sara and Hugh, features mouthwatering dishes with succulent, fresh-from-the-farm veggies, and whole grains like wild rice. Their beautiful lentil “meatballs” with lemon pesto will be making an appearance at our dinner table soon.