From bonding with others to making better food choices, Eat Local explores the various benefits of enjoying meals together with friends and family.
Communal eating is common to almost all cultures of the world. It is something that is deeply embedded in us as humans. Recent studies show us how social eating is beneficial to us in more ways than we earlier thought. This simple activity not only improves the health of individuals, but also the health of the group, as it brings people closer.
Here are 5 reasons you should engage in social eating:
#1 Healthier Choices
People make better food choices when dining together. Studies have shown that people eat more fruits and vegetables when they are participating in a communal meal than when they are dining alone.
#2 Higher Self-Esteem
Eating together stimulates conversation and is indicated to boost a person’s self-esteem, making them feel more confident about themselves.
#3 Improved Cognitive Function
Studies have clearly shown that children who eat together with their families get higher grades on tests in school. This indicates that social eating has a positive effect on cognitive function as well as the ability to focus on a task. This may be beneficial for not just students, but even adults who would like to be more focused at work.
#4 Social Bonding
Research shows that if you share a meal with someone, you will automatically develop a certain comfort level with them. This is applicable even in the workplace. According to Harvard Business Review, teams that eat together perform better than teams that don’t.
#5 You Save Money
Cooking the same meal for several people means you have to use lesser number of ingredients. You also save on cooking time. Going out for dinner is an option, but that can be extremely expensive, especially in Seattle, where taxes and tips are so high. A good alternative is to have a healthy meal at home. Try one of Eat Local’s Entertaining and Brunch Meals. These include the Beef Wellington, Chicken & Bacon Pot Pie, and the Steak & Portobello Mushroom Pie. The meals are hand-crafted at Eat Local’s kitchen in Burien, Washington. They are prepared using 100% grass-fed beef, organic wheat flour, and natural, free-range chicken.
We cook our meals in large, gas-heated pans and then blast-chill them to lock in nutrients. That is why Eat Local meals taste fresh and flavorful when they are heated in your oven or microwave. We make over 150 meals in a variety of globally-inspired flavors. Our meal categories include Keto, vegan, vegetarian, dairy-free, and gluten-free options, so there’s something for every member of the family. With so many options, it makes sense to try Eat Local meals for your next family dinner or weekend get-together. You will not only have a great time with loved ones, but you can also do it without having to spend hours cooking an elaborate meal.
Social eating has many great benefits, which is why we encourage people to have more meals with friends and family. It could simply be a family dinner on a weekday, or it could be a grand meal with some close friends over the weekend. Invite people over, break bread together, and have some great conversation. It may be just what the doctor ordered.