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Family Day -- A Day to Eat Dinner with Your Children

Janine Faber, RD, LD

Meijer Healthy Living Advisor

Family Meals Matter!

Meijer encourages your family to celebrate Family Day - A Day to Eat Dinner with Your Children" on Monday, September 22nd. Family Day is a national effort focused on getting more American families to eat dinner at home around the dining room table.

Why are Family Meals So Vital?

Children and Teens who have frequent family meals:

  • Get better grades in school
  • Are more emotionally content
  • Have positive peer relationships
  • Have healthier eating habits
  • Are at lower risk of thoughts of suicide
  • Say that they can confide in their parents
  • Say their parents are proud of them

The High Cost of Meals Away from Home

Restaurant meals can be three times the cost of making a meal at home. According to recent research, there is more than just money at stake. Teens that eat 2 or less family meals per week are:

  • 4 times more likely to smoke cigarettes
  • 3 times more likely to smoke marijuana
  • 2 times as likely to drink alcohol

Seven Family Dining Do's:

  • Start the pattern of family dinners when children are young.
  • Use Sunday as the day to pick several nights during the upcoming week when the entire family can eat together. Make your best attempt to stick to the schedule.
  • Encourage your children to create menu ideas and participate in meal preparation.
  • Turn off the TV and let your answering machine take care of your incoming calls.
  • Talk about what happened in everyone's day: school, work, extracurricular activities, or current events.
  • Keep conversation positive and make sure everyone gets a chance to speak.

Content adapted from Food Marketing Institute Family Meals Campaign

Meal Idea #1:

Chicken Tortilla Soup

Chicken Tortilla Soup

Serves 6

1¼ c Tyson® Fajita Breast Strips, thawed

2 (14.5 oz) cans Del Monte Petite diced tomatoes with Jalapenos, undrained

1½ c Meijer frozen whole kernel corn

1 c Meijer chunky salsa

2 c water

1 c Meijer Multi-Grain tortilla chips, crumbled

½ c Meijer 2% Milk reduced fat shredded cheddar cheese

Taco Bell Restaurant Hot Sauce

1. Combine both cans of tomatoes and juice, corn, salsa and water together in large saucepan. Cut chicken strips into pieces and add to pan.

2. Bring soup to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to low and simmer 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Top with crumbled tortilla chips and shredded cheese. Serve with hot sauce

Nutrition Information per serving:

Calories: 214

Total fat: 6 g

Carbohydrate: 21 g

Fiber: 3 g

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Serve with:

Dole Sweet Baby Lettuces Salad with sliced red onions and tomatoes topped with Wish Bone Just 2 Good Salad Dressing

Brownberry Bread Pudding

Meijer Fat Free Milk

585 calories

14 g fat

78 g carbohydrate

9 g fiber


Meal Idea #2

Kahiki Beef & Broccoli with Rice

Serve with:

Kahiki Vegetable Egg Rolls

Del Monte Citrus Salad

Lipton Pure Leaf Tea with Equal Sweetener

550 calories

14 g fat

78 g carbohydrate

5 g fiber

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