Houston registered dietitian shares the importance of eating as a family

Everything you need to know about National Family Meals Month

HOUSTON – September is National Family Meals Month, it's a time to step back and reflect on the benefits that come along with having meals together.

Registered Dietitian, Mary Ellen Phipps with Milk and Honey Nutrition, explains.

There's all these benefits we know, socially, emotionally and physically that come with eating family meals together. Everything from kids who have more family meals have better grades, we have less drug abuse, they start to use alcohol at a later age, better self-esteem, it's linked to positive social behaviors like respect, and sharing and empathy... all these benefits that come with just sitting down together as a family" said Phipps.

Check out these 3 ways to get dinner on the table in under 20 minutes with zero prep time.

1. DON'T WRITE OFF FAMILY MEALS.

There are many healthier options these days at the grocery store that offer: quality carbohydrates, protein, low sodium content, and less sugar. Mary Ellen shares how you can bulk/amp up a frozen meal by adding easy protein and veggie options.