WHILE THE GLOBAL PANDEMIC CREATED A SOCIALLY DISTANCED WORLD, FAMILY MEALS HAVE BEEN KEEPING US TOGETHER – IN PERSON AND VIRTUALLY WITH OUR EXTENDED FAMILIES.
Magic happens during family mealtime when children and parents gather around the table and engage each other in conversation. Regular family meals are linked to the kinds of outcomes we all want for our children: higher grades and self-esteem, healthier eating habits and weight, and less risky behavior.
Making and eating dinner at home is one way families can stay connected and share their daily experiences while enjoying a nutritious meal. Getting kids involved in cooking makes them feel proud of helping and more likely to eat wholesome foods.
Fish and shellfish are good options for busy nights. Most seafood can be cooked in 15 minutes or less. Check out this blog post with 15 Mouth-Watering Seafood Recipes for Busy Families!
Additionally, fish and shellfish are sources of lean protein, low in saturated fat and rich in vitamins and minerals, most notably the omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA. The Dietary Guidelines for Americans and American Academy of Pediatrics both recommend at least two servings of seafood per week to support heart and brain health.
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