I know- daytime sure is busy, and it becomes very convenient to pick up a prepared meal on the way home to feed your hungry family. If your kids are older, it is also easy to just let them fend for themselves, eating whatever they find in the fridge, and eating wherever they land. But you know my message: you gotta eat as many meals as possible with your kids, no matter their age. Easy mealtime ideas:Make-Your-Own Burritos or Tacos: (1) The starch- whole-grain corn tacos or whole-grain corn or flour tortillas; (2) The veggies – peppers, onions, avocadoes, shredded carrots; (3) The protein – soy crumbles, ground turkey or beef or venison, grated 2% cheeses; and (4) The toppers – chopped fresh cilantro, salsa, Ranch dressing.Make-Your-Own Salads: (1) The veggies: greens including baby spinach, shredded carrots, radishes, snow peas, pepper strips, cherry tomatoes, mushrooms, broccoli florets, zucchini strips, (2) The protein: nuts, 2% cheese cubes, chopped egg, tuna fish, turkey breast, chicken strips; (3) The starch: kidney or black beans, chick peas, green peas; and (4) The toppers: sunflower seeds, oil & vinegar dressing or other homemade dressing.Make-Your-Own Breakfast Parfaits (great for supper, too): (1)The starch: crunchy cereal, dry oats, wheat germ; (2) The protein: reduced-fat vanilla dairy or soy milk yogurt; (3) The fruit: assorted fresh or frozen berries, banana slices, crushed pineapple, kiwi slices.In a way, what you have at your meals is not as important as eating the meals with your kids, sitting around the table, facing each other engaged in conversation. We can learn so much about our kids, and vice versus, they learn about us and from us. We don’t have to lecture about eating a variety of healthy foods if we just serve them up. We don’t have to talk about the perils of drinking sodas if we just serve milk at meals. Enjoy the time with them. They’ll be out of the house before you know it.