Is dining in the new dining out?

By Lora Chance - email

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - Despite reports the economy has recovered, dietitians say cutting back on dining out remains the number one money-saving move for families.

Betsy Dietsch, a dietitian with the Southeast United Dairy Industry Association, said dinning in also provides the perfect opportunity for trying new recipes that everyone, even children, can help prepare.

"Get the kids involved," said Dietsch. "I used to work in a daycare and I brought kids to the kitchen everyday and I found that when you get them involved, they're more likely to eat the meal."

Dietsch said eating at home is a great way to spend time with the family.

"Serve those comfort foods," she said. "Nothing brings a family to the table faster than those familiar smells of macaroni and cheese or mashed potatoes or bread pudding."

You can spice up those favorite childhood meals with healthful ingredients.

"Nutrient rich foods are the best way to build a healthy diet," said Dietsch.

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