Written by Jamie Williams, Keiser University Dietetic Intern
Cooking doesn’t always have to be a chore. It can be creative, exciting, and fun for the whole family. Although our hectic schedules may not always allow, strive to prepare one meal a week together with your family, or simply make a goal of eating as many meals as you can together in the week.
Spending quality time together allows families to reconnect, talk about their daily lives, and develop a family bond. If you have children, cooking together can give them a sense of responsibility while allowing them to develop their self-expression through food.
Having family meals can help savor the flavor of your traditions. Passing on family values and traditions plays a huge role at meal time. This time together is perfect for conversing about old family memories and history—ones that may very well be passed on to future generations.
You don’t have to have a family, however, to reap the benefits of this time together. A simple meal with a roommate or friend can be just as treasured—an excuse to laugh and talk over a delicious meal in an intimate setting.
If this hasn’t sparked an interest yet, check out the facts!
The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University found that kids and teens who share family dinners three or more times per week:
- Are less likely to be overweight
- Are more likely to eat healthy food
- Perform better academically
- Are less likely to engage in risky behaviors (drugs, alcohol, sexual activity)
- Have better relationships with their parents’
Start savoring the flavor this week with your loved ones! Try ones of these quick and healthy meal ideas.