Friday, September 30, 2016

September: Family Meal Month


September has come to an end and this means that Family Mealtime Awareness Month has come to an end as well. Even though it is over, make sure to continue your goal as a family and have mealtimes together throughout the years to come. Family mealtimes offer so many benefits for everyone involved. 

Have you thought of any questions, comments, or concerns regarding Family Mealtime Month?
Visit UtahFamilyMeals.org or comment below.

Thanks again and come back next September for more information!

Monday, September 26, 2016


Did you know that the Salt Lake County Health Department has a Pinterest account? Well, we do and it has some pretty-cool things pinned! We even have a "Family Meals" board with great recipes and tips! 

This month make sure to check out our Pinterest bored by doing one of the following:

1. Log into your pinterest account --> Search and select "Salt Lake County Health Department" --> Select Follow all --> Click on the "Family Meals" Board!
2. If already logged in to Pinterest, click here or copy and paste the following link into your browser: http://www.pinterest.com/slcohealth/family-meals-board/

Enjoy pinning pinners and stay tuned for our next Family Mealtime Post!

Monday, September 19, 2016

September: Family Meal Month


Is your family missing any key nutrients like calcium, potassium, magnesium, Vitamins A, C, and E? What about iron, folate, vitamins B12 and D? Here are some great ways and tips to make sure that you and your kids are not missing out  on the proper nutrients needed for a stronger, better, and healthier life.
Look for these when shopping!

  • Make half your grains whole grains: Click here to learn more about whole grains and how to incorporate them into your family meals!
  • Enjoy a rainbow of colors: Eating fruits and veggies in a variety of colors is not only eye candy to kids but will also provide your family with a wide range of nutrients.
  • Nuts, seeds, and legumes: All of these are valuable sources of protein, fiber, complex carbohydrates, folate, calcium, potassium, iron and phosphorus. They are also low in saturated fat and sodium.
  • Low fat/ skim milk: Click here for more information on why to choose low fat/ skim milk for your kids.


The nutrients are important but have you ever thought about the portion sizes that you and your family are eating? Here are some more pointers to improve your family meals and set your kids on the right path for their nutrition- rich future:
  • Use the right size dishes: When using small dishes, child-sized portions look just right. Along with small dishes check out this list of portions for your children during mealtimes.
  • Start with a small serving:Children have small stomachs so if small portions are not available (like at restaurants), split the larger portions in half. Child nutrition experts recommend starting with 1 tablespoon per year of life (which equals 1/4 cup for a 4-year old).
  • Encourage comfort: Eating slowly helps to enhance how much we enjoy our meals and our company. More importantly, eating slowly also gives our brains time to register fullness and satisfaction. So, when we eat slow, we tend to notice when our tummies are comfortably full and when to stop eating which is also a valuable tool throughout a persons lifetime.
  • When at a restaurant, share: Even kids meals can be 2-3 times larger than what children need. so make a plan to share whenever possible. If you can't share, plan to take half home!


Below are some resources! Pick and print what you wish by simply clicking on the picture!

(Resources are from www.mypyramid.gov and the National Beef Association's: "Enriching Family Mealtimes Tool Kit".)

Kid- friendly cooking
websites & 
cookbooks
Weekly meal planner
Four- week meal planner
Nutrient shopping list for
you Family Mealtimes

For more information on Family Mealtimes, please visit UtahFamilyMeals.org.