Eat Better, Eat Together Month

October is Eat Better, Eat Together month. Eating together as a family is good for kids for many reasons. Kids who eat regular meals with their families are more likely to eat healthier foods, like fruits and vegetables. Kids also do better in school and are more likely to make good decisions when they eat meals with their family. Finding the time to make family meals happen can be a challenge, however. Here are our tips for making family meals easy.

Top 5 Tips for Making Family Meals Happen

  1.  Start with 1 meal a week. If your schedule is hectic, try to find one meal a week where everyone can be together. Keep in mind that your family meal could be breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Mark the dates on the calendar. As family meals become a habit, aim to add a few more family meals during the week.
  2. Be flexible. Eating together at home isn’t always possible, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t still have a family meal. If you’re having a meal on the go, aim to take just a few minutes to sit together and enjoy it.
  3. Cook it together. Make meal time family time, beginning with preparing themeal. Kids of all ages can help in the kitchen and cooking together can be a time to try new foods, talk, and connect.
  4. Make it fun. Keep the conversation light. Pick a new recipe to try, if you’re feeling adventurous, or keep the meal simple. Let kids help plan the meal ahead of time so they are excited to help make and eat it. Think about changing the meals up, like breakfast for dinner, to add a little excitement to the meal.
  5. Make it easy. Family meal time does not have to be complicated. It is a good idea to include several food groups in your meal, but keep it simple. A salad or fruit makes an easy side dish that can help round out a meal. Prep ingredients ahead of time, if possible, or use a crockpot to start dinner before hand. Think about using your freezer to keep easy meals, such as soups, lasagna, and casseroles on hand for fast family meals.

Get Family Mealtime Conversations Started

Use our 31 CNP conversation cards to start the family conversation.

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University of Wyoming Extension & Cent$ible Nutrition Program

* The Cent$ible Nutrition Program is funded by USDA SNAP-Ed and EFNEP. SNAP-Ed assists individuals and families who receive, or are eligible to receive, benefits from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). EFNEP assists families and youth with limited resources  in acquiring the knowledge, skills, attitudes, and changed behaviors necessary for nutritionally sound diets and contributes to their personal development and the improvement of total family diet and nutritional welfare. Visit our income-qualification page to learn more. 

This material was funded by USDA’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program – SNAP. This institution is an equal opportunity provider. This material was funded by USDA’s Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program-EFNEP. USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

Issued in furtherance of extension work, acts of May 8 and June 30, 1914, in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Kelly Crane, Director, University of Wyoming Extension, College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, University of Wyoming Extension, University of Wyoming, Laramie, Wyoming 82071.

The University of Wyoming is an equal opportunity/affirmative action institution.

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