This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Barilla, but opinions are my own.
Y’all know I am a big supporter of sharing the importance of sharing mealtime together. I strive to instill the same core value in my children, so I am super excited to work with Barilla’s Share The Table movement. Barilla believes that sharing meaningful meals together helps foster bonding and building healthy, strong families of all kinds. Making sure your family is eating healthy, balanced meals every day takes planning but it doesn’t have to be difficult.
Having my pantry stocked with go-to recipe ingredients is a sure fire way to ease the stress of the weekly meal routine. I’m sure to have a variety of pasta always on hand for a fast and easy to make meal that will satisfy my family. Even my super picky five year old will stay at the table long enough to tell me about his day at Pre-K when I serve his favorite noodles for dinner.
Wondering how to get your family enjoying a meaningful meal together? Enjoy a little family creative thinking. Try planning a theme night dinner as a team and build some excitement around meal time. Does your family like tacos? Try adding a new twist to dinner by getting all hands on deck to help make this sassy Mexican Lasagna.
Get everyone in on the dinner preparation fun and make something out of the normal routine. Nothing is more engaging to little ones (and teens alike) than giving them hands on time in the kitchen stuffing Tacos in Pasta Shells. Mealtime for families is more disjointed than ever. Seventy-six percent of people say dinner is the most important way to connect the family. Yet one in four families say they feel like disconnected individuals living under one roof. When your children are involved in the dinner process it helps strengthen communication and they will even be learning without even realizing it. Preparing a weekly meal plan as a family is a simple way to help families reconnect.
The diversity in this country really shines when people share what family means to them. Food is love and we all want that basic connection with our loved ones to be as strong as possible. Sharing meaningful meals and building strong bonds within the family help our children earn better grades, incur positive nutritional habits and describe themselves as happy, independent, and confident. Isn’t that what we want for our children? As a result, we as adults will also be happier and endure a less stressful lifestyle. That’s why Barilla wants to inspire, empower, and support all families to share more meaningful meals together.
Barilla’s Share the Table Movement not only offers fabulous resources and encouragement for family mealtime, the program will help raise awareness for Feeding America, the nation’s largest hunger relief organization. If you are like me, and love gathering your family around the table at meal time to reconnect and engage, I want to encourage you to share your mealtime story with Barilla using the #ShareTheTable hashtag. Share a picture on Twitter or Instagram and let us know how you are enjoying a meaningful meal.
What’s your favorite recipe to make that brings your family running to grab a seat at the table?
This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Barilla. For every post using #ShareTheTable from now until 4/30/14, Barilla will donate a monetary equivalent of ten meals ($1.11) to Feeding America®, up to 1 million meals. Barilla will donate a maximum of $110,000. One dollar helps provide 9 meals secured by Feeding America® on behalf of local member food banks.