October is National Eat Better, Eat Together Month.
What does that mean, exactly? Well, luckily it is pretty self-explanatory — it’s the month that focuses on eating well with loved ones. For the whole month, eating healthily with family is something you can look forward to.
As a company that works in the food and beverage industry, MobileBytes recognizes how vital it is to cultivate healthy eating and social habits. The Washington State University’s Eat Together, Eat Better Program says families who eat together tend to eat a wider array of nutritious foods and report a greater sense of communication and bonding during family meals.
For readers looking for ways to observe National Eat Better, Eat Together Month, we all know one of the biggest obstacles that get in the way of eating right and spending time with family is a busy schedule. Adults have work, appointments, and errands to run while kids have school, play dates and extracurricular activities.
It seems like no one has time to sit down to enjoy quality food.
This October, try minimizing your social responsibilities. Forgo that bowling night or play date and trade it in for an evening of eating a healthy meal with loved ones.
If making time to prepare dinner isn’t doable, not to worry. There are plenty of ways to dine out nutritiously and deliciously!
When considering the menu, pay close attention to what you order. Choosing a meal that includes selections from the different food groups is one of the best ways to eat right on a night out. Order something with fresh fruits or vegetables, add some protein and switch the fries out for a side salad.
Controlling portions is another one of the many ways to eat better. Ask for dressing and other condiments on the side, and don’t feel pressured to finish large entrees (you can always ask for a box to take home leftovers!)
If dining out with children, be sure to go somewhere with a children’s menu. Making sure the restaurant serves healthy, child-sized portions will ensure the kiddos are getting their nutrients and teaches them the right way to eat. Instilling good eating habits at a young age sets children up for healthier lifestyles as adults.
So, take a rain check on a few things and make time to enjoy a delicious meal and spend quality time with family. Just because October is Eat Better, Eat Together Month doesn’t mean this is the only time to practice healthy habits. If you find yourself enjoying your new routine, keep it up! You can never have too much good food and pleasant company.