The dinner table can be a wonderful place for the family to come together and share stories and tales of their day. Sharing a meal is an excuse to catch up and talk, one of the few times where people are happy to put aside their work and take time out of their day.
Evidence suggests that families who share mealtimes and eat together are healthier. A study published in the American journal Pediatrics indicates that the children from families who eat together, are 35% less likely to engage in disordered eating, 24% more likely to eat healthier foods and 12% less likely to be overweight.
Family mealtime offers a wealth of health benefits, especially for children. Children who eat their meals with their family members tended to eat more fruits, vegetables, fibre, calcium-rich foods, and vitamins, and ate far less junk food.
It’s believed that social improvements were also linked to family meals. Teenagers who ate at the family table more often showed fewer signs of mental health issues such as depression and anxiety and felt that their family was more supportive, compared with teenagers who dined less often at home or as a family unit.
We appreciate that it can be hard to juggle work and family life so here are some healthy recipes from trusted sources that are quick and easy to prepare which the whole family will love! They also give you a great excuse to gather everyone round the table.