Yesterday, I discussed the benefits of eating together, but we all know how difficult that can be with everyone's busy schedules.
Here are 5 tips to help you reach a goal of eating together with your family at least 4 times a week.
1. Keep it Simple
Don't make it complicated; keep meal time simple and fun. Try the super easy cheesy burrito recipe below that even the kids can help with.
The best way to decrease your stress level and save time is to make weekly meal plans.
3. Family Input
Ask your family for input when planning meals, and snacks. They may surprise you with the healthy foods they are willing to eat.
4. On the Go
Get creative about where you eat together. If you are running in between practices pack a "picnic" or "tailgate."
5. Turn it Off
Limit distractions at meal time by turning off phones, computers, and games. A fun way to engage your family in conversation is to have them take turns drawing a "conversation starter."
To get your meal plan started, here's a recipe to quickly satisfy your Mexican food craving! Let the kids help spread the refriend beans on the tortilla or set the table.
Super Easy Cheesy Burrito
1 whole grain tortilla
1/8 c. shredded cheese
2 T. refried beans
1 T. salsa
- Place tortilla on a microwave-safe plate
- Spread beans on top of tortilla. Sprinkle with cheese.
- Microwave for 25 to 35 seconds or until cheese is melted.
- Top with salsa, if desired. Roll up and enjoy!
Tomorrow I'll cover some mealtime conversation starters to help you get to know your kids better.