Families who do this one thing have significantly lower BMIs
By Brittany Anas
The secret to keeping your entire family at a healthy weight could be linked to where you choose to eat your dinner.
According to a new study, families who regularly eat dinner together — sitting down, T.V. turned off — have significantly lower Body Mass Indexes than those families who do not have sit-down dinners. The study involved 190 parents and 148 children. The research also revealed that staying seated at the table until everybody is finished eating and having conversations is also a healthier habit that leads to lower BMIs.
The theme? Family dinners shift the focus of meal time so that it’s more about the social interactions, less about the food. Also, when you eat home-cooked meals, you are more cognizant of how healthy the ingredients are in your meal — giving you more control of how much butter you want to use, for example, or how much salad dressing gets served. You’re also less likely to overeat than if you’re eating out at a restaurant or fast-food spot, where portions loom large.
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- Make a meal plan that relies on leftovers. When you’ve got time to cook — whether it’s a Sunday afternoon or a weeknight evening — make a big meal that can be parsed out into leftovers throughout the week. Need ideas? We love this book, “Love your Leftovers,” written by the author of the blog Macheesmo.
- Use a slow cooker. It’s the closes thing you’ll ever have to a personal chef. You’ll find hundreds of slow cooker or crock pot recipes on Pinterest for free. But one of our favorite crockpot cookbook is “Slow Cooker Revolution.” It includes tips like this: The secret to tender slow-cooked chick is starting the bird upside down to protect the white meat from drying out. Find slow cookers at Sears and earn up to 5 percent Cash Back from ShopAtHome.com on your purchases.
- Give a healthy boost to take-out. If you’re bringing home dinner for the family, stop at a place that has healthy menu options — like Tokyo Joe’s, Panera Bread or even Noodles & Company, where you can have veggies added to dishes. Save time by ordering online so you can pick up dinner on the way home. Keep some bagged salad mixes in the fridge to make sure your family is getting a good, square meal.
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