Serve everyone the same foods. Veggies, too. That’s how kids learn. However, you can help kids adjust to new flavors at their own pace with recipes where ingredients can be swapped out or added. For instance, offer avocado slices as burger options. Basic spaghetti can come with optional add-ons, like olives or artichokes. Even if the kids still slurp it up plain, the family experience has already been served. f a m i l y-friendly meals What do you like about family dinners? “i like to talk about what happened today, and our plan for tomorrow.” - nathan, 9 “I like that we can be more connected.” - Ben, 12 "i like to talk about when we can go skiing again!' - kendall, 8 savor dinner It’s not likely that you can gather the troops every night, but even three or four family dinners a week will pay dividends. Start discussions and give everyone time to talk. Look at each other and truly listen, but keep it casual. Eat slowly and enjoy the time—even up to an hour. It’s all about growing together as a family, one healthy meal at a time. food for thought Discuss what you’re eating: the origin, how it grows, interesting facts. Or let kids guess ingredients in a recipe. what’s cool Who’s your best friend? Why? What things are you good at? What’s the best book you’ve ever read? Best movie? what’s up What’s the best thing that happened to you this week? What would you change about your school? What worries you? Who is the funniest person you know? the future What do you want to do that you haven’t done yet? What places would you like to visit? How will your team do this year? mealtime conversations 032-035 Fill up with Family.indd 35 8/14/17 11:53 AM