Eat Better, Eat Together Month may look a bit different this year, like most things do. Many of us are eating together more already by necessity due to being home more, but are we eating better?

Studies have shown that family dinners have lots of benefits – improved self-esteem, a better sense of resilience, and lower risk of depression, among others. No one could argue that these are all important factors, especially in these stressful times.

As far back as the 17th century, people had some understanding of the importance of healthy eating. A French writer during that era, François de La Rochefoucauld, said, “To eat is a necessity, but to eat intelligently is an art.”

Dr. Rosane Oliveira of UC Davis Integrative Medicine makes it easier to eat intelligently with 10 “comfort food” recipes that are plant-based, giving us delicious ways to enjoy healthier meals with our families. These recipes are loaded with vegetables that are easy to find at grocery stores and farmers markets any time of year. Find them here.

Keeping vegetables fresh long enough to use them can be a challenge, though. That’s why pureAir FRIDGE from GreenTech Environmental is the ideal solution. pureAir FRIDGE extends the life of your fruits and vegetables and removes embarrassing odors by propelling activated oxygen and negative ions into the refrigerator, sanitizing and purifying the air inside. It even destroys bacteria like E-coli and Staphylococcus and neutralizes pesticides!

Compact and easy to maintain, pureAir FRIDGE is powered by a lithium-ion battery, allowing it to purify your refrigerator for up to 24 days on just one charge.

Now that you have a great way to keep that produce fresh longer, it’ll be easier to make healthy improvements to your whole family’s diet. And it doesn’t have to be dinner – if it’s more convenient to have breakfast or lunch together, that’s great too! 

Nutrition specialist Lisa Franzen-Castle offers these helpful tips to make it easier and more enjoyable to eat together with your family:

  1. Schedule your family meals – look at a calendar and figure out ways to work around scheduling obstacles.
  2. Prepare meals ahead of time if possible, or simply do some of the prep work at night or on weekends.
  3. Involve your kids and teens in cooking, setting the table, and cleanup afterward.

So stock up your refrigerator with fresh produce, and start eating better and eating together today!

November 30, 2020 — Brianna Honigmann