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5 EASY Tips to Create Your Family Food Culture

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Establishing your family food culture isn’t just about the food you prepare. It’s also about how your family comes together over that food; it’s about the spices and ingredients you consistently use and the stories told over the dinner table.

Thinking about planning and execution of our family food culture is something I love to do, but you don’t have to overthink it. Motherhood can feel overwhelming and adding one more thing on our list, one more thing to teach and values to impart can make us all a little locita.

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5 Easy Tips to Create Family Food Culture

With our busy lives demanding so much, who has time to worry about creating a family food culture, anyway? When it comes to feeding our families, it’s easy to get lost in meal planning and budgeting, nutrition, organic vs gmo-free. There’s SOOO much to think about these days! But whether we want one or not, creating a family food culture isn’t just something that will happen one day…it happens every day.

Here are 5 easy, real life tips that help me drop the extra stuff and create a food culture that anchors my family in the values we find most important.

Utilize grocery shopping to teach your values: Being that he’s still in preschool, Sebastian is almost always with me when I do our family’s grocery shopping. Also, he has our family’s sweetest tooth. Anything with fancy packaging and pretty pictures that promise a delicious treat only sweetens the deal for him. So, instead of the constant fight to add healthy choices in our cart, I gave him a mission with specific guidelines when it comes to sugar intake. Treats with 25,768 grams of sugar per serving? Keep hunting, buddy.

He has so much fun finding treats that meet our values and feels like a champion when he is able to add his choice to our cart.

Identify the flavors of your family’s cultural palette: Growing up bicultural means I’ve noticed lots of differences in the way families are fed. As a mom, I make sure my kids eat a wide variety of flavors from my bicultural upbringing. From burgers and homemade pizza to pollo con mojo or bistec empanizado. Once I identified the core flavors that make up the foundation of our food culture (mainly, spices like cumin, sofrito, garlic and onions, black and red beans, various chilis, etc), I was able to quickly create week night meals to reinforce our cultural heritage.

Minimize your cleaning routine: I can’t start cooking when my kitchen countertops are a mess, but having to clean, disinfect and deodorize takes so much time! Lately I’ve been using a new product that gives me one less thing to do when tackling my cleaning routine in the kitchen. Clorox® Scentiva™ helps kill any lingering germs and viruses, but also freshens my home, making it smell great. Instead of adding more tasks to my ever growing to-do list, I’m able to simplify and get to the important stuff of raising a family legacy, having one less thing to worry about.


Prioritize family meal time: This is a nonnegotiable for us. We sit down together to eat almost every night. My husband and I consider this time as investments in the relationships with our kids. The focused time we spend at the table is the foundation of our family’s food culture.

Tell stories about the past, not just the present: Do you ever lament over the stories lost to the next generation? The people you’ve loved and lost that your kids didn’t get to meet? For us that’s my father-in-law and my grandfather, two beautiful men that my children never knew. And lately, I’ve been trying my best to pass down their memory to them during dinner time because…well, we’re busy people!

Merging family legacy with your everyday food culture is a great way to have one less thing nagging at your heart strings at the end of the night. Check off all the things you want your kids to know, feel and remember as they grow up! Of course you want to ask them how their day went, but maybe use dinner time as a time to share stories that would otherwise be lost.



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“5 EASY Tips to Create Your Family Food Culture”
  • My dad side of the family is Portuguese ans I have been tying to cook the foods I remember my grandmother making. Kale soup with linguica is still my favorite. I always have to add more linguica because we all pick at it will it is cooking.

  • We have been creating a family food culture by being better about sitting down together for dinner. Dinner used to be crazy and rushed at our house, but we are trying to learn to slow down and savor it.

  • Every week someone gets to choose a new recipe, help shop for it and then cook it. Get to try all new things and everyone gets a go!

  • My parents lived in a rural area and cooked very simple dishes so I have tried to pass this on to my children. They used lots of fresh veggies and not a lot of meat.

  • I like to take my family to the grocery store and farmer’s market to see where their food comes from. I also try to get everyone involved in making meals.

  • Now that my kids are older, they are more than happy to experiment in the kitchen with dishes they’ve had over at friends or seen on the web. We’ve expanded our food culture a lot in the last few years.

  • I am creating a family food culture by making healthy meals in 30 minutes or less and getting the kids to learn how to cook family meals with me!

  • I tend to cook the same things over and over so I have been trying to expose different types of foods to my son to see what he likes.

  • I try to make meal time fun. I get the kids help prepare the food, We addmore ruits and veggies into our diet each day.

  • My husband and I create a family food culture by preparing food together with the kids! My girls love helping to cut food! We enjoy grocery shopping together to fill the kitchen with deliciousness!

  • I’m creating a family food culture by having my family cook together and eat together. I also like to go to the farmers market and grocery store with my family.

  • I try weekly to make different dishes from my Asian back ground to western to Tex Mex. We use fresh herbs and veggies from our garden and try to use lots of local produce.

  • I come from a long family of hunters, we are always trying new foods and new ways to cook them. I am also Greek and my husband is Russian so we do a lot of foods from other countries.

  • I let my kids help plan our meals when we shop and they help me do some food prep too. My son’s favorite is Indian food.

  • I have started writing down and trying out my grandma’s southern recipes where she creates many meals from scratch

  • We have theme nights for our meals. We often have Meatless Monday, Taco Tuesday, Breakfast Wednesday, and Pizza Friday. The other nights are whatever depending on our schedules. We are always looking for new recipes to try together and new food adventures – baking bread being our most recent one. But we’re also always ready to resurrect mine or my husband’s favorites from when we were kids. It has always been important to us to sit down to eat dinner together every night, too.

  • We incorporate family food culture by having traditional ethic family dishes for dinner at least once a week.

  • I let my son pick what he wants several times a week. I would love to make some of the recipes that I grew up on but there was a can of bacon grease saved for recipes and we know that isn’t the healthiest. I admit to making country green beans a couple times a year though.

  • We create a family food culture by enjoying foods from other cultures together. We purposely make efforts to learn about other cultures and experience their foods and other celebrations.

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