Friday, September 7, 2012

Healthy Meal Plan Friday: Eat Together!

I love all the sorts of crazy "National Day of ___this or that___" or "International Month of ______."   I did a quick google search and found out that September is both International Square Dancing Month AND National Papaya Month.  Huh.

(Side note:  I checked and today is also National Acorn Squash Day, in case you want to celebrate.)

But on a serious note, next week is National Eat Together Week.  Why should we celebrate eating together? 

Did you know the more often families eat together the less likely the kids in the family are to smoke, drink, experiment with drugs and have emotional health issues, all while being more likely to succeed in school and life?

So try eating together as a family more often this week...without the television on, without any technology at the table (yes, that means you too), without any distractions.  Just eat.  And talk.  Need help getting the ball rolling for your conversation?  Try a simple question of "what were your highs and lows of today?"  You may be amazed at what you discover.

For the meal plan this week, I kept it simple.  Less time in the kitchen prepping, more time at the table talking. 

This week's Healthy Meal Plan:

Meatless Monday:  Vegetarian Taco Soup 
 Mom's Oh-so-good Tilapia, Greens, Brown Rice, Fresh Peaches
Home Run (Mediterranean) Pasta Salad, Fresh Pineapple

Paninis,  Marinated Green Bean and Red Onion Salad, Red Grapes

Slow Cooker Moo Shu Pork, Mango
Cherry Tomato, Basil and Corn Pasta Salad, Apples dipped in Peanut Butter

Snack Idea:  Watermelon Salsa


Have a great weekend!

Life is sweet,

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