Consider “brain food” anything you eat as a family.

In an article on, Anne Fishel, an associate clinical professor of psychology at Harvard and co-founder of The Family Dinner Project, writes that sharing a nightly meal is great for the brain, body and spirit, and that it “doesn’t have to be a gourmet meal that took three hours to cook, nor does it need to be made with organic arugula and heirloom parsnips.”

Some stats to back up her claim:

• Adolescents who ate family meals 5 to 7 times a week were twice as likely to get A’s in school as those who ate dinner with their families fewer than two times a week.

• Young adults who ate regular family meals as teens are less likely to be obese and more likely to eat healthily once they live on their own.

• Family dinners have been found to be a more powerful deterrent against high-risk teen behaviors than church attendance or good grades.

Read full article here.