The Importance Of The Family Meal
Eating at home as a family is one of the most important aspects of our culture. And for good reason. The family meal is much more than simply feeding your loved ones for survival's sake. It's a social, education and communication building daily event. And from beginning to end, the family meal can be an interactive experience for everyone.
The Family Dinner Project reports that "over the past 15 years researchers have confirmed what parents have known for a long time: sharing a family meal is good for the spirit, the brain and the health of all family members. Recent studies link regular family dinners with many behaviors that parents pray for: lower rates of substance abuse, teen pregnancy and depression, as well as higher grade-point averages and self-esteem." (The Family Dinner Project).
The benefits are proven and the lessons learned are plentiful. Especially in such a constantly connected world, it's important to find the time to unplug and communicate with your loved ones. Do we really need to be staring into our phones and device screens while eating dinner? It's likely the whole family will survive without them for a couple hours. And it's imperative in fostering healthy relationships. Stay in touch with your family by having everyone actively participate in the family meal.
The process of creating, eating and cleaning a meal is also essential in teaching your children healthy habits. From cleaning dishes, prepping food, setting the table and taking out the trash, every aspect of the family meal will teach your children responsibility, respect for hygiene and appreciation for teamwork. And with products like the Grow.Bar even the youngest of siblings are able to participate in cooking and creating meals. Watching the microgreens grow, harvesting fresh veggies and learning how they taste will inspire kids to form natural healthy eating habits.
They say the kitchen is the heart of any home. And we agree. The family meal is when we share ideas, food and conversation with one another. And it's a prime time to get your children involved in kitchen duties. Teaching your children how to safely operate cutting and chopping utensils is a smart move, as well as a safe choice. And young children will begin asking questions about the food in front of them. Parents should be using this time to teach healthy habits. We need to explain the vitamins and nutrients that are in our food and how these compounds positively affect overall health.
Some of the biggest lesson learned during family meal can come from using systems like the Grow.Bar. The tool provides a platform for sustainability and global responsibility discussions. And it's a parent's job to educate their children about the environment, biodiversity and organic eating. It doesn't matter if it's a weekend lunch or weekday dinner, any meal can include Grow.Bar microgreens. And preserving our resources is imperative to our children's future. They must understand how to take care of the Earth and learn their part. A family meal is the perfect time to bring these issues into your daily life.
Not only do frequent family meals teach healthy eating habits, communication skills and responsibility, they will also save you a lot of money. It's a cost efficient and financially smart decision. In March of 2015 Americans spent more money on eating out than on groceries for the first time since The Commerce Department started collecting data in 1992. This should be a huge red flag. Eating out is a wonderful, fun and event. However, a family meal can be the same, if not better. Fiscal challenges are something we all face. So be conscious and remain mindful. Provide daily family meals for your loved ones and watch your wallet grow.