November is a time to give thanks and celebrate family. The days are getting cooler and we crave comfort food and coziness. We travel great distances and welcome others to our table to spend Thanksgiving together. Why? Because it brings us with family and friends where we share traditions, stories and give thanks. Wouldn’t it be great to experience this more often (on a much smaller scale, of course) and reap the many benefits of sharing a family meal?
Why should we eat together?
- Research suggests that family dinners have been linked to a lower risk of obesity, substance abuse and eating disorders.
- Improves communication by creating a time to recharge, relax and catch up on each other’s days. Also gives parents and children a chance to connect.
- Regular meals have a lifelong effect on children’s eating habits such as increased intake of fruits and vegatables.
Let’s make this November a season to start making time for family meals on a more regular basis. It is easy to get caught up in late evenings at work and children’s activities. They eat up our evenings, leaving us to resort to fast food or quick grab and go snacks all day long. Try these ideas to get your mealtime plan started.
- Start small and try one meal a week. Find a meal that works best for your family whether it’s breakfast or a weekend lunch.
- Get kids involved in planning and prepping of the meal.
- Prepare a double batch of your favorite meal and freeze leftovers to have a quick dinner later in the week.
- Plan your meals and shop for the week so your net stressing about what to make for dinner.
- Make meals fun! Try breakfast for dinner or theme nights!