During the month of September, Valley Natural Foods, in conjunction with the FMI Foundation, is proud to celebrate National Family Meals Month by inspiring and encouraging families to spend time around the dinner table enjoying home-cooked, healthy meals.
According to the FMI Foundation…
Did you know that numerous studies underscore the long-term health, academic and societal benefits of consistently eating together as a family? Home-cooked meals nourish the spirit, brain and health of all family members. Not to mention, people who frequently cook at home eat fewer, healthier calories.’ Additionally, regular family meals are linked to the kinds of outcomes that we all want for our children: higher grades and self-esteem, healthier eating habits and less risky behavior.
However, according to a 2013 Harris poll, only 30 percent of American families share dinner every night. Why is this? Yes, juggling jobs, kids and the demands of a busy, modern life often come at the expense of family mealtime at home.
At Valley Natural Foods, we offer many different meal solutions that allow your family to share at least one more family meal at home per week. You can find hundreds of healthy meal ideas on the Recipes page of our website, valleynaturalfoods.com. We offer one-stop meal ideas in our Fresh Case in the Produce department. To beat the time crunch between work and evening plans, we offer heat-and-eat entrees and sides in our deli department. And for those who are really on-the-go, our hot food and salad bars feature made-from-scratch meals made with organic ingredients, allowing you to spend more time with the family and less time standing at the stove.
Spending time around the table with family is good for the mind, body and soul. So as we approach another new school year, make a pledge to share one more family meal at home per week. Stop in to Valley Natural Foods and keep checking in on valleynaturalfoods.com for more great meal ideas, and use the hashtag #familymealsmonth to continue the conversation with us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram!