Why Family Dinnertime is More Important Than Ever

Growing up, did your mom put dinner on the table five or six nights a week, complete with a salad, place mats and ironed cloth napkins? 

Times have changed.

Today, with working parents, long commutes, and children’s sports and homework that stretch into evening – there is not always a simple recipe for making family dinners work.

In the midst of our hectic lives, numerous studies show that one activity that really unites busy families is dinner time. This precious time together provides families with a break from their fast-pace lives, time to talk, laugh and re-connect after a long day.  Researchers have discovered important science-backed reasons why we need to limit meals on the run and schedule more family dinners at home.

Kids who eat with their families on a regular basis, have been shown to have higher self-esteem, better grade-point averages and larger vocabularies, and lower rates of obesity, eating disorders, and depression.

Family meals offer parents a chance to be role models. They can set an example of healthy eating and polite table manners. Time around the dinner table provide the perfect opportunity for parents to expose children to different foods and expand their tastes. When families eat together, children are less likely to be overweight and obese because they are taught portion control, and how to eat nutritious, balanced meals.

Another advantage of family dinners at home is cost savings.  In 2017 the average spent on food away from home was $4,200. Even more, the average restaurant meal has as much as 60% more calories than a homemade meal. 

If making family dinners seems like another chore on your to-do list, The Austin Artisan provides a perfect solution! Our personal chef-style meal delivery service requires  no sautéing, blending or chopping. Simply turn on your oven and insert your meal. In 5-15 minutes your meal is ready, and you haven’t dirtied a single pot or pan!

The Artisans cook your meals in our certified commercial kitchen and deliver delicious “reheat and eat” foods right to your refrigerator. It really couldn’t be easier. Not only are we dedicated to making your meals as fresh as possible from locally sourced, seasonal ingredients, we personalize each meal to your flavor and dietary preferences. The Artisans pride ourselves on our ability to provide healthy meals to those busy families.  We’re ready to help you reignite family time around your dinner table.

Contact us to complete your flavor profile and get started with The Austin Artisan’s personal chef meal service.

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