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| September 17, 2018 | 0 Comments

Lists help families ‘Think Outside the Box’ for nutritious meals

Kathy Milley
Defense Commissary Agency

FORT LEE, Virginia — Military families have very busy lives and juggling commitments can often come at the expense of family meals at home.  Recipes and other resources found on ease the work involved to make those meals happen, which is good since September is National Family Meals Month.

Shoppers pay for their purchases at checkout stations at the Schofield Barracks Commissary.

Shoppers pay for their purchases at checkout stations at the Schofield Barracks Commissary.

“Research indicates that regular family meals lead to higher grades and self-esteem, healthier eating habits and weights, and less risky behavior in children, “ said Deborah Harris, the Defense Commissary Agency’s registered dietitian. “Adults eat healthier and consume fewer calories as well.”

To make it easier, DeCA has created dietitian-approved “Thinking Outside the Box” recipes and has prepared a complete dinner menu including weekly shopping lists for an entire month of family meals with links to the family-friendly, healthy recipes featured on This venue offers quick and easy meal solutions featuring ingredients on sale at your commissary saving time and money.

“Designed with busy families in mind, there is a large assortment of easy-to-prepare, dietitian-approved meals, many of which are customizable for picky eaters, always one click away on,” Harris said. “We are continually adding new healthy recipes to ensure our military families stay healthy and save big.”

About DeCA: The Defense Commissary Agency operates a worldwide chain of commissaries providing groceries to military personnel, retirees and their families in a safe and secure shopping environment. Commissaries provide a military benefit, saving authorized patrons thousands of dollars annually on their purchases compared to similar products at commercial retailers. The discounted prices include a 5-percent surcharge, which covers the costs of building new commissaries and modernizing existing ones.

A core military family support element, and a valued part of military pay and benefits, commissaries contribute to family readiness, enhance the quality of life for America’s military and their families, and help recruit and retain the best and brightest men and women to serve their country.

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