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Kid-Approved Meals the Whole Family Will Love

Elaine Magee, MPH, RD Wellness Services Corporate Dietitian

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Sep 11th, 2018

Banana Split

September is National Family Meals month! Start the new school year off right by incorporating family meals into your weekly routine! When families eat meals together, great things happen!

Children who participate in regular family meals are more likely to exhibit prosocial behavior as adults, develop better relationships with their parents, do better in school, and are at a lower risk of being overweight, suffering from eating disorders or using drugs, drinking or smoking.

Here are a few tips and recipes to help simplify family meals and keep everyone healthy and happy at mealtimes!

Get the Kids Involved

Want to make kid-approved meals the whole family will love? Get the kiddos involved and have them help plan, shop and prepare the meals.

Make Breakfast Banana Split Sundaes for a fun, healthy and delicious breakfast, snack or dessert! Create individual breakfast sundaes using yogurt, frozen fruit and honey! Add some chocolate chips or graham crackers for a fun twist!

Breakfast Banana Split

Prepare Customizable Meals

Cooking for a variety of people is already hard work. Between allergies and picky-eaters why complicate things even more? Try customizable recipes where everyone can personalize their plate to suit their needs and preferences.

For dinner, let the kids get creative with Make Your Own Chicken Pot Pie. Simply add selected ingredients to the gravy, place the whole grain pie crust on top, individualize with their initials and bake. These personal pies are a way to satisfy everyone’s appetite!

Chicken Pot Pie

Try New Foods and Dishes

Getting kids to try new foods can be difficult. To expand your family’s palate, add a unique twist to a classic dish! Customize this Macaroni & Cheese Bowl recipe by adding vegetables, lean meat or protein and different sauces. This is sure to be a crowd-pleaser!

Macaroni Cheese Bowls

Try to customize a familiar dish by adding unique ingredients and flavors. For example, try this Banana Nut Bread French Toast and customize with toppings like macadamia nuts, toasted coconut and sliced banana or berries!

French Toast Recipe

 

Goal: Share One More Family Meal At Home per Week!

Pledge to participate as a family in National Family Meals Month! Regular family meals are linked to healthier eating habits, positive behavior, higher grades and increased self-esteem. 

Get creative, have fun and bring the family closer together with one of these new recipes!

For more recipe inspiration check out our Pinterest page and comment with your favorite family meal tip or memory in the comments below!

 

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