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Home for Dinner by Michael Thompson, Anne K. Fishel

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Tips for Healthy Eating

If you’re eating a nightly family meal at home, you already have a leg up on healthy eating. When we eat at home rather than in a restaurant, food portions tend to be more reasonably sized, and fruits and vegetables are more reliably offered. Sodas and high-fat foods, like French fries, are also less likely to show up at home than if the meal is eaten at a restaurant. It’s not just that eating family dinner gives kids a health boost, but what they learn about food at dinner translates to their other meals.

Many people find it difficult to figure out how to make a healthy meal, but it’s not as hard as you might think it is. Parents are often confused and overwhelmed by all the food choices at the supermarket—about 45,000 ...

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