Sharing is caring: Why you should share food with others

There’s an abundance of benefits to be reaped when you share food with others. Breaking bread can remove barriers and helps us explore new cultures and build stronger connections with others. Whether it’s sitting down to dinner with your loved ones or a simple working lunch with your colleagues, it can lead to a happier and healthier you.

Food brings us together and to celebrate ‘eat with a friend’ day on 25 November, here are some reasons why you need to grab your bestie or your team and get eating together!

Stay connected

Whether you’re grabbing lunch with your work colleagues, having dinner with family and friends or networking at a conference, eating with other people helps strengthen bonds and build relationships. A 2015 study by Cornell University found that eating together can help establish stronger connections with their peers and boost job performance. Food brings people together, regardless of age and social class and lets you share stories, laugh and enjoy each other’s company.

Healthier eating habits

Studies have shown that adults tend to make healthier food choices when they’re in a group. Another study also found that children who ate with their family were more likely to eat healthier. 

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Eating together releases positive emotions

Having a meal with others can boost your mood and some studies have even shown that it can help alleviate depression.

Learn something new

Whether you’re with family or with new friends, eating together is a great way to expand your horizons. Interact with colleagues from other departments, establish stronger bonds with your team, learn about new cultures – food is the universal language that brings everyone together. 

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Best foods for sharing

Here are some delicious food options that are ideal for sharing on ‘eat with a friend’ day on 25 November.

  • Rice paper rolls
  • A Lebanese platter – everyone can help themselves to tasty koftas, flatbread, hummus and tabouli
  • Spaghetti – we love the classic pasta - spaghetti alla puttanesca, which is infused with garlic, capers, anchovies and chili for a spicy kick. Bring a fork everyone!
  • Food platters – a roast chicken platter, charcuterie platter or antipasto platter with mixed olives, bocconcini skewers, dolmades and feta
  • Sushi
  • Paella
  • Little cocktail pies and sausage rolls
  • Pizza
  • Skewers
  • Quiche
  • Nachos
  • Dumplings
  • Donuts

We think that food is the key to happiness and helps build a happier life. If you’d like to host a team lunch or provide delicious corporate catering to help build team morale and productivity, speak to the office catering experts at Order-In today on 1300 851 900 for a free quote or visit our website to order today.

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