More to Chew On: Family Dinners

By The Chew Crew Jan 16, 2013

There’s nothing like going to a family style restaurant and digging into an enormous plate of spaghetti or a great side of broccoli.  Family dinners are more than just fun they can always save you cash and calories – especially if you make them yourself.

Family dinners at home can save you a bundle.  According to the United States Department of Labor, the average American family spends $2,500 eating out at restaurants every year. Comparatively, the average family spends about $9,000 a year on groceries.

More than just saving money they will also save your diet.  A whopping 96% of entrees served at top U.S. chain eateries, not fast food chains, exceed daily limits for for calories, sodium, fat and saturated fat recommended by the U.S.D.A. In fact, family restaurants fared worse than fast food.  However, by cooking at home, you control your food.

Lastly, these family meals together are the perfect time to check in with your kids.  During the busy schedule of the day it’s easy to lose track of what your kids are up to.  A daily dinner is a great way to get back in the know.