National Eat Better, Eat Together Month during October encourages families to gather for mealtimes. When families enjoy their main meals together they tend to be more balanced food choices. Also, what better way to spend time together and share each other’s daily adventures? It’s exactly what National Eat Better, Eat Together Month suggests from October 1 to October 31!
ONE MEAL EVERY DAY
With the busy lifestyles of today’s families, it may seem impossible to eat together for every meal. Make it a goal to eat at least one meal a day as a family.
Another way to make this possible is to prepare several meals ahead of time. Make-ahead-meal menus help simplify and organize meal planning and shopping lists.
Get everyone involved in the cooking and table setting. No matter the age of the family member, no one should be left out. From forks to boiling water, there’s a task for everyone. Don’t forget the cleanup!
Finally, have a no-cook night. Sometimes going raw or even a no-bake night not only makes clean up easy, but it’s healthier, too. Fresh fruits and vegetables, peanut butter and fruit dips, cheeses and whole grain crackers are just as filling as an entire meal and provide the necessary nutrients as a home-cooked meal. While you won’t want to do this every night, an occasional evening will give everyone a no-rush relaxed night.
Another way to simplify supper is to have breakfast in the evening. Breakfast is one of the easiest meals to make. Why not have it for supper? Whether it’s oatmeal, fruit and a protien, the meal provides just the right amount of nutrients to round out your family’s day.
HOW TO OBSERVE
Make a point to eat healthier meals with your family and use #EatBetterEatTogetherMonth to post on social media.