Restaurants meet many needs. They’re a happy hub for us to gather and enjoy each other. A casual conference room for business conversations. A fun place for a date. And a satisfying way to relax and fuel up in the midst of daily activities. With the holiday season approaching quickly, many kids will be taking a break from classes and spending more time at home – which is the perfect opportunity for some family dining.
Sitting down for dinner can help keep the learning going outside of the classroom during holiday breaks. According to an article by The Washington Post, research also shows that dining with family and friends can be good for the brain, body, and spirit.
Fuel for the Brain
For starters, dinnertime conversations can help develop a child’s vocabulary and foster connections. While reading aloud to your little one helps them pick up on a variety of words – including those on the list of the 3,000 most common words – a study found that kids who sat down at the dinner table often learned 1,000 additional words versus the 143 words learned from parents reading aloud to them. The same study found that older children also reaped the benefits as they were more likely to have higher performance scores. Dinnertime conversations help kids of all ages build confidence and the holiday break is the perfect time to unwind and connect.
Fuel for the Body and Spirit
Families and friends who sit down to dinner together regularly were also found to consume more fruits and veggies with their diet consisting of fewer unhealthy foods. In the early stages of life, people utilize their experiences to determine their own preferences for things. So it makes sense that those who eat healthy as children are more likely to keep the habits into adulthood. Along with better eating habits, dinnertime also helps create an engaging atmosphere that has been linked to healthier long-term habits both in one’s eating and lifestyle choices.
Take in the Dividends
Here’s a look at the top five dividends in dining out. At Smokey Mo’s, we call them the “Five Cs”:
- Change. Getting out of the house and varying your eating routine can bring a fresh perspective. You might find you’re newly energized after a meal out, simply because you’re breaking your usual pattern.
- Choice. If you’re craving a complete menu including a selection of main dishes, sides, and desserts, restaurants offer a wide range of options.
- Convenience. Heading out for a restaurant meal means no stressing over what to cook, no buying and assembling ingredients, and no cleaning up. All you need to do is get to the restaurant, walk-in, and sit down!
- Celebration. A restaurant is a lively venue for celebrating life’s many mile-markers, from birthdays and anniversaries to graduations and promotions.
- Connection. Dining out is a prime way to connect with family and friends. It delivers uninterrupted time for talking and laughing with your favorite people.
Enjoy the Experience at Smokey Mo’s
If you’re looking for easy-going, family-friendly dining, Smokey Mo’s is the place to go! Visit one of our 16 restaurants throughout central Texas.
At Smokey Mo’s, you’ll find something for everyone. Dig into a generous helping of delectable meats, from tender baby-back ribs, tasty brisket, and scrumptious sausage to juicy chicken and turkey, and classic side dishes, like green beans and coleslaw. Or try Smokey Mo’s unique twist on the Frito pie and baked potato with chop – we’ve put a BBQ spin on our old favorites! Top off your feast with a delicious dessert, from lush chocolate cake to creamy banana pudding.
Enjoy reasonable prices, speedy service, and a cheerful atmosphere.
Go ahead. Break the routine. See you at Smokey Mo’s!