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Celebrate National Family Meals Month

By ELIZABETH HALL, RDN, LDN • Sep 13, 2017 at 9:00 AM

Studies show that families who take the time to eat together at home are not only happier, but healthier as well. Family meals provide numerous benefits for adults and especially children. Kids who take part in regular family meals set healthier habits that often continue into adulthood. They do well in school and get into trouble less often. They also have better mental health and positive relationships with family members.

Family meals not only improve emotional well-being, but physical health as well. People who prepare meals at home and eat at the dinner table consume about 200 fewer calories and 16 grams of sugar less each day than those who go out to eat at restaurants. In addition, they eat more fruits, vegetables and whole grains which are high in valuable nutrients such as vitamins, minerals and fiber. They also have lower BMIs (Body Mass Index) and are less likely to be overweight.

Despite all these benefits, research shows that only 30 percent of American families share dinner every night. Juggling jobs, kids and the demands of a busy life can often get in the way of family mealtimes. September is National Family Meals Month! This is the perfect time to focus on your family’s happiness and health by eating meals together.

Look for meal solutions in each section of the supermarket to help make shared meals at home fun, affordable and healthier. Planning is key. Try to plan at least a few meals each week and make your grocery list based on this plan. If you are looking for a quick and easy recipe, check out the Meal and Recipe center under the “Eat Better” tab at foodcity.com.

This month, look for featured recipes in the “Ready, Set, Cook” program. Add the ingredients to your shopping list with a single click and then order your groceries online to be picked up in store through Food City GoCart. Family meals can be delicious and nutritious with limited time and preparation involved.

Join the movement, and Raise Your Mitt to Commit to making memories and improving health!

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