Posted: Nov 27, 2018
Between work, school, and extracurricular activities, many families are feeling the squeeze when it comes to carving out time for evening meals. Eating together has many benefits. Studies suggest that family meals foster better eating habits, improve communication skills, and may even improve academic performance in kids and adolescents. If a tight schedule threatens to derail your dinner plans, these strategies could help you make the most of the time you have:
𝑻𝒉𝒊𝒏𝒌 𝒊𝒏 𝑻𝒉𝒓𝒆𝒆𝒔: Who says fast meals can’t be balanced? Check the box on a high protein food, vegetables and a high quality starch, and you’re good to go! A salad to start followed by a whole grain pasta topped with meat sauce fits the bill nicely. Or, if you’re partial to breakfast for dinner, whip up some scrambled eggs with chopped veggies, and whole toast on the side.
𝑼𝒔𝒆 𝑺𝒑𝒆𝒆𝒅𝒚 𝑰𝒏𝒈𝒓𝒆𝒅𝒊𝒆𝒏𝒕𝒔: Take advantage of lightly processed convenience items like pre-cut and pre-washed vegetables, canned beans, bagged salad, pre-shredded cheese and pre-cooked chicken.
𝑻𝒖𝒓𝒏 𝑶𝒇𝒇 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝑻𝑽: It’s well established that kids who watch TV (or a phone or tablet) during dinner are more likely to struggle with their weight. Not to mention all those distractions can alter the pace of eating.
𝑴𝒂𝒌𝒆 𝑶𝒓𝒅𝒆𝒓𝒔 𝑻𝒐-𝑮𝒐: Whole grain wraps are great way to make just about any meal portable. Stuff with sliced meat or beans, crunchy vegetables and a dollop of hummus, plain yogurt, or tzatziki for flavour.