(Family Features)--Coming together for a shared meal is a simple yet important way for families to bond and create memories with one another. There's no better time than right now to bring everyone together around the dinner table - including your four-legged friends - for a delicious, healthy meal.
These tips can help make mealtime even more meaningful for everyone:
Have the family help with the meal prep
. Pick a recipe everyone can help prepare, such as build-your-own pizzas, to make the dinner both a bonding activity and a rewarding experience when you get to eat your own creation.
Schedule mealtime for the whole family, including your pup.
Your furry friend can enjoy sharing in the family experience, and with his own food bowl, he'll be gobbling that up, making it less tempting to ask for human food.
Establish a no-devices-at-the-dinner-table policy
to encourage kids and adults alike to talk, engage and bond with each other. This quality time spent in the company of family can build cherished memories for years to come.
Opt for healthy options to keep everyone's energy levels up
. This means working in plenty of fruits, veggies and quality proteins like chicken or salmon, sweet potatoes, lentils and more. These ingredients are also great for your pup and are included in many high-quality dog foods.
Whether it's once a week or every night, coming together for a shared meal is a simple gesture that can help bring families - and even furry family members - together. So grab a plate (or bowl) and enjoy your shared mealtime with the entire family.
Published with permission from RISMedia.