When was the last time you sat down for a meal with your family? We all know how hectic life can get. And sadly, most of us eat at least one meal a week on the run or in our car. This means we are missing out on great discussion and the emotional benefits of connecting with family, which is essential to a well-balanced life. Plus, family meals provide the ideal opportunity to socialize and exchange ideas.
To turn this month’s health focus into an all-year event, here are a few ways that may help you find time to sit down together at least a few times a week.
- Make a weekend commitment to have breakfast with your kids and family. Get everyone involved in the meal prep, from washing veggies, cutting up fruit, setting the table and cleaning up.
- Pick one night a week that is a “No Excuses” night when everyone has dinner together, no matter what. Take turns planning and cooking the meals.
- Try to eat before evening events or immediately after.
- Have easy ingredients on hand so meals can happen easily and quickly even when there is little to no time. Always keep cut up fruit and veggies handy. It will keep you ahead of the “drive thru “nutritionally.
TIP: Cooking ahead of time on weeknights, or using a slow cooker or instant pot, may help ensure a healthy meal for everyone on super busy nights.
Reasons to Eat Together
- Each One, Teach One.We mimic the meal habits that we teach each other. So, make sure you’re teaching your family healthy ones.
- Social Skills– We live in a social media and tech devices world. Meals together forces everyone to put the devices aside and encourages interaction, which improves social skills. Don’t worry, you can have your device back after dinner.
- Building Tradition – Create great memories for your families and pass down a tradition that your children will be proud to hold on to.
- Family Time – We’re all so busy, a family meal may be the only time available to connect with those in your life who matter most.
Sources: familymeals.com, happyfoodhealthylife.com