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Articles for Parents and Families About The Importance of Family Meals And Eating Together









Nourishing Advice for a Healthy Family

Healthy eating starts at the grocery store and ends at the table during family meal time.  Family mealtime are also an important part of teaching your child about healthy meals.  Children learn a great deal about foods at the dinner table.  Our dietitians have tips to help your family meal time promote healthy habits to kids.

For The Kids:  You can also find games, stories and activities for promoting healthy choices to children in the fun kids nutrition section.


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Benefits of Family Meal - Facts And Information Value Of Family Meals

Eating together as a family has been shown to help kids eat healthier and more. Learn the benefits kids will enjoy by making family meals a priority.

Healthy Dinners for Busy Families

Many people know that breakfast is an important meal, but you may be surprised to learn the importance of dinner as well, particularly for families. Research from Harvard Medical School also shows that children who eat dinner with their families more frequently ate more fruits and vegetables and less soda and fries, and also achieved a better report card. Read below for tips and meal ideas to help your busy family eat a healthy dinner together every night!

More than just a Meal

Dr Lisa Hinz shares insight into the benefits of eating together as a family. Studies have shown that children who have regular family meals seem to choose healthier foods when they are older. There are many other benefits as well! Learn some key strategies for making family meal time a daily event.

The “Eat Right” Challenge: Planning Healthier Meals

National Nutrition Month "Eat Right Challenge" is a perfect time to plan ahead and start eating healthier foods. Our family and kid-friendly tips make it easy to encourage your family to eat more fruits and vegetables and nutritious foods. To raise awareness for National Nutrition Month's theme "Eat Right Challenge" our registered dietician shares facts, fun tips and easy strategies to cut down on unhealthy high calorie foods- carbs, how to plan ahead for eating healthier foods, healthy kitchen cupboard solutions, easy family recipes, and healthy foods meals and snack planning for kids.

Meal Plans for Kids

Planning healthy balanced meals for kids- food groups menu planner. Printable daily menu plans for creating balanced meals based on the USDA Food Pyramid- balanced food groups. Printable healthy eating planner for parents to create balanced daily meals from the food groups.

Say “Yes” to Dessert – in Moderation

It is dangerous to deem any food inherently “bad,” or off limits. Forbidding a food or group of foods such as sweets or sugar can set it up as mysterious and desirable. Learn some easy steps on how to offer dessert to children that promotes healthy eating habits.

Helping Children Eat A Balanced Meal With Foods From All The Food Groups

The New My Plate teaches children what a balanced healthy meal looks like. Help your child eat foods from the five food groups for a balanced meal filled with nutrition.

Parents' Guide To Planning Healthier Meals For Your Child

These are each very important meals for your child to ensure they grow healthy and build a strong immune system to fight off disease. Nutrition is the foundation to good health. Parents' Guide To Planning Healthier Meals For Your Child.

Promoting A Positive Eating Experience For Children

Encouraging children to eat healthier foods involves more than just telling them to what to eat. As children interact with foods, they begin to form life long food associations that will effect their eating habits later. Our goal is to help children form positive associations with healthy foods. Here are some tips to help your child form happy experiences with healthy foods.

Talking About Healthy Foods With The Kids - Fun Food Facts

Meal time is another time to remind kids that foods are very interesting and fun. Start the healthy foods conversation with these fun food facts.

Increasing Your Child’s Fruits And Vegetables – It’s Not As Hard As You May Think

How To Get Kids Eating More Fruits And Vegetables: Fun and easy ways to encourage kids to eat more healthy fruits and vegetables, how to increase kids daily intake of fruits and vegetables easy practical nutrition tips for parents, promote daily recommended intake of fruits and vegetables for children, fruits- vegetables food groups, easy food nutrition facts, practical easy ways to encourage more daily fruits and vegetables for busy parents and healthy kids

Peaking Your Child's Interest In Fruits And Vegetables

Of course, you want your kids to eat healthier foods but the challenge is how do you do this without nagging and creating a negative experience at the dinner table. That is the real challenge! Ways to get your child excited about fruits and vegetables.

Ways To Add More Fruit At Every Meal

My Plate reminds families and children to fill half their plate with fruits an vegetables. Simple suggestions to increase fruit in your family's meals.

How To Add More Vegetables To Your Family's Meal

We all know vegetables are good for you. They are the largest food group on the My Plate symbol. That is because they are the most important food group filled with vitamins and minerals that your child needs to grow healthy and fight disease. Follow these tips to get your family eating more vegetables every day!

Family Nutrition: Making Time For Family Dinner

Learn Some Tips To Make Family Time During Dinner. Help your kids develop healthy nutrition habits with family dinners- research shows many benefits to having family meals. Offering practical suggestions and tips for making family dinner fun and healthy for kids and the whole family

Parents Guide To Overcoming Challenges to Family Dinner

We know there are numerous benefits to family meal time but it can be a whole other story getting every one on the same meal time schedule. Three steps to making family meals a priority.
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