We all know how good it is for children to eat with the family. I grew up thinking that this was the norm and did not realize how much this is not the case at all these days.
Many children eat very rarely with the family, some once a week and some hardly ever. It is often the fact that we don’t always have the time to eat altogether especially if parents work long hours (a fact of modern life) and we prefer to eat outside the home resorting to cheap and quick meals instead. These often lack on certain nutrients and vitamins and they are often too rich too.
A recent study conducted in America, where the average adult spends more than 40% of the household budget allocated to food for meals outside the home, states that lunches and family dinners are relegated to holidays and special occasions.
This bad habit seems to be spreading everywhere and contrary to what you might expect, the recession has not persuaded people to stay in and eat at home. You can still eat cheaply in fast food chains, cafes and takeaways.
Children can learn by the example set by parents and grandparents; if parents have a good diet and enjoy healthy eating, they too will follow through and learn to enjoy food in a proper healthy way. This will set their eating habits for life.
Also, and this is very interesting, it has been found that children who eat at home have a lower body mass index than the ones who it out all the time. Children who eat at home have a higher intake of fruits, vegetables, foods rich in calcium and vitamins.
So, let’s make the effort and cook basic but nutritious meals for the sake of our children’s health and ours too!