Start a New Family Dinner Routine
What’s the dinner routine in your family? Many Canadian families find it hard to sit down—all-together—and share a meal every day. Instead, dinner becomes a fragmented activity where people eat when (and where) they can and food choices are not always the healthiest; choosing the convenience of take-out and drive-through meals over homemade options.
This year, start a new family dinner routine, where everyone makes an effort to sit down and eat together. Even the busiest families can find the time to share a meal with just a little planning.
- Look at everyone’s schedule at the beginning of the week to find a time everyone is home. If you currently don’t eat any meals together, start small by designating one day a week as Family Dinner Night.
- Make dinnertime technology-free. Cellphones and the television are distractions that will interrupt the conversation.
- Include all family members in dinner planning and prepping so it’s not only one person’s responsibility.
- If you’re short on time, choose healthy pre-assembled meals so you can spend more time together eating, and less time prepping and cleaning.
Benefits of Eating Together
Canada’s Food Guide, which was updated in 2019, has a whole section devoted to the importance of eating together. Mealtime is a way for families to share, connect and have time to talk about what’s going on in everyone’s lives. Family dinnertime is also a time to explore new food options and establish better eating habits. For children, the benefits of eating together as a family cannot be overstated and its effects extend into adulthood. Research has shown that children who eat with their families are less likely to be overweight, have fewer emotional problems and greater academic achievement.1
SupperWorks can help you with a new family dinner routine. We offer our customers an easy and fast way to assemble homemade meals that use restaurant-quality ingredients. In our kitchens, you can assemble a month’s worth of meals in just over an hour, or have our staff prepare meals for pick up or delivery. Best of all, many of our meals can be cooked in just 20 minutes, allowing you to enjoy quality time with family around the dinner table, not in the kitchen prepping and cooking.
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1 The Vanier Institute of the Family. “(Still) Eating Together: The culture of the family meal.” Retrieved January 2, 2019, from https://vanierinstitute.ca/eating-culture-family-meal/