Today (September 24) is National Family Day, a day specifically set aside for families to eat dinner together and sponsored by the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University. The idea behind the initiative draws on the Center’s research, which indicates the simple act of eating together in the evenings has proven to be an effective tool at keeping kids and parents engaged and kids substance-free.
As a former devotee of convenience food, I know the various traps involved in pulling off family dinner night. Yes, it seems much easier to drive around somewhere on the way home than to have to go into the kitchen, find ingredients, make up a meal, etc. But shortly after our first daughter was born, my wife and I decided that we wanted to do whatever it took to instill healthy eating habits in her.
There were plenty of false starts until I learned about a service called Emeals on the Dave Ramsey Show. For as low as $5 a month (less than a ‘value’ meal, btw) you get a weekly meal plan with an accompanying shopping list. The recipes are simple, the shopping lists are cheap, and the end result is a family meal plan system that practically runs itself. If you’re intrigued by the idea behind Family Day and/or want to start eating healthier (and cheaper) food at home, you should visit Emeals today!