The healthy household dinner is getting squeezed from all sides. Parents are working afterward, children are busy with extracurricular activities and fast food offers a tempting quick fix for hungry, busy tummies.
But for those who can swing it, there are a host of emotional benefits to feeing dinner together as a family, and they include increased resilience, higher self-esteem and better academic performances for children.
And for people who can make-up dinners nutritious, those benefits are also physical. Research shows that kids who eat dinners at home with their family eat more fruits and vegetables, and are less likely to be obese, than their peers who eat alone.
Take a look at the route five nutritionists prepare for their family dinners. You’ll notice some are fans of Sunday meal prep, which is when they cook the building blocks of their dinners all in one go. But what we enjoyed most about their dinner diaries is the fact that dinner planning is highly charged with nostalgic feelings about what their own parents did, or the savors and textures they grew up with. Beyond simply serving up a lean protein, veggies and a high-fiber grain, these nutritionists are passing down heritage and tradition with each dinner they make.