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Eat Together as a Family

Families that eat together eat healthier and spend less money doing it! This is because home-cooked meals often contain lower amounts of fat and sugar, and contain more fruits, vegetables and dairy products that contain beneficial nutrients. Eating together as a family is a chance to reconnect after a busy day and helps build and reinforce strong family bonds.

Begin dinnertime discussions with fun conversation starters! 

ChooseMyPlate.gov

Challenge your family to Choose MyPlate. Make half your plate fruits and veggies, a quarter protein, and a quarter whole grain. https://www.choosemyplate.gov/

What is the best thing that happened to you today?

Tell a funny joke. 

What book are you reading now?

What is your favorite holiday memory?

If you had your own plane, where would you go?

What would you do with your time if all electronics were taken away?

Describe your perfect day from the time you wake up, until you go to bed.

Invite your kids in the kitchen! 

There are lots of ways to make mealtime special and make the most of time in the kitchen with your family. Involve children in planning family meals and talk about the importance of eating balanced meals. Ask them to help prepare family meals. Kids can read the recipe instructions, measure, stir and mix ingredients, prepare baking pans, tear lettuce, set the table, etc. Play simple math games as you cook. While preparing the meal, practice counting, weighing, measuring and working with fractions. Make grocery shopping a family activity!

Try local and fun recipes!

Apple-Cinnamon Yogurt
(makes 4 servings)

Ingredients
4 Virginia apples, cored and chopped
8 tablespoons chopped, unsalted walnuts (optional)
4 teaspoons of honey
1 teaspoon of cinnamon
2 cups of low fat or fat-free plain yogurt

Directions

  1. Core and chop the apples with help from the adult assistant.
  2. Place the apples and walnuts in a microwaveable bowl.
  3. Top with the honey (if using) and cinnamon.
  4. Microwave on high power for 1 minute or until warmed. Top with yogurt.
  5. Serves up to four hungry family members.