Eat Better Eat Together
October is Eat Better / Eat Together month. Since October is the official kickoff to the holiday season (just look to your local Walmart if you don’t believe me), this is the perfect month to do a little preemptive clean eating with your family.
For this to work, I’m going to have to get kid buy-in on the “eat better” part since given the choice between ice cream or carrots, ice cream would win every time.
Here is Exhibit A: us eating ice cream in Munich this summer.
My mission for today is to have them list their favorite healthy foods and I’ll buy them when I go grocery shopping tomorrow, that way they feel a little more in control of their meals. They already help me cook, and this month we will try out a few new recipes since we tend to fall into the same flavor ruts. Maybe they will like broccoli more if it’s seasoned differently? One can hope.
So that covers the “eat better” phase. But eating together could be a logistical nightmare.
I don’t know about you, but in my family we’re lucky if we eat together three times per week, just because it seems like we’re always running to some after-school activity or someone has to work late. I doubt that we will ever make it seven nights per week, but this month we’re going to aim for five nights per week of breaking low-carb bread together.
There are definite perks to eating together. It’s always a good thing to check in with everyone to see how they are feeling and remind each other about scheduling things coming up later in the week. One of the things from September that I’d like to carry over is starting the meal listing three things we are each grateful for that day. It puts us all in a better, more appreciative mood, which hopefully will lead into jokes and good conversations.
Are you in with me? If so, let me know how it’s going with your family.
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