The Benefits of Family Dinner Time

One of Meet & Eat’s biggest goals when founded was to create a space that made conversation flow around great food. This is because we understand how rare it is to get everyone together these days and really take time to enjoy one another’s company. The meal is only half the equation when it comes to enjoying your time out– the rest comes from genuine connection and quality time with friends, old and new.

So, it’s no secret that eating out can be a nice break from cooking at home, or an easy alternative to hosting, but did you know spending time over a meal with your family has actual physical and emotional benefits? Keep reading to learn more about these benefits and how Meet & Eat is making it easier than ever to enjoy them.

Better Relationships

This first benefit is perhaps the most obvious, but it’s value can’t be overstated. Dining together with loved ones is a great way to spend quality time with them. Conversations aren’t rushed, and instead you can spend time learning new things about each other, listening to problems and frustrations, catching up and laughing.

Healthier Meals

Studies show that when families eat together, they’re more likely to choose healthier options. Even if you indulge in a “less-than healthy” meal, you’re more likely to control your portions or share with someone. Real meals keep you fuller longer, and cut down on snacking later. Meet & Eat has made sure to stock our menu with something for everyone, from proteins and greens to delicious desserts.

Academic Success

Regularly sharing meals with adults and peers has been shown to help grow children’s vocabulary at any age, and strengthen their overall social skills. Kids who spend time with loved ones at dinner tend to do better in school, be more empathetic and get into less trouble. Meet & Eat is a place for friends and family alike, so we’ve made sure to include a kids menu for any younger guests.

Less Screen Time

These days it’s nearly impossible to avoid spending long hours looking at your phone or computer. Even kids spend school hours learning on laptops or starting at smartboards. Slowing down for a family meal can be a great break from screens at the end of the day, helping your brain wind down and giving your eyes and brain a break.

These are just a few examples of the many ways eating  together can benefit you and your family. Even if your family is just you and some friends, stopping into Meet & Eat guarantees you quality time to catch up and enjoy a great meal while you’re at it!