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Benefits of Cooking at Home

January 18, 2017 / Food




Everything about the way we eat in America is rushed, fast and cheap. We no longer appreciate the simple pleasures of cooking. To most people cooking at home feels outdated,  time consuming  and intimidating but when you don’t utilize the best room in your house you are missing some extraordinary health benefits.  When you cook at home you are in complete control of your food. You don’t have to worry about what a restaurant is not telling you, you can pick the best ingredients and prepare something exactly the way you like it. Cooking at home is a sure fire way to develop your own healthy habits and keep the nutrients coming your way.

 

Boost the Nutrients: You are in complete control of what you’re cooking. So when you are shopping for ingredients this is your opportunity to know what you’re cooking with. Meaning you can cook with fresh organic ingredients and you don’t have to compromise. You can also shop for what’s in season. Food that is in season typically holds more nutrients than food not in season, plus those foods give you exactly what you need for the time of year. This means you can choose to make a recipe healthier by omitting or swapping out ingredients in your favorite recipes.

You’ll Expand Your Knowledge: You’ll start to learn about different foods and the best way to prepare them. Plus you can experiment with different cooking styles and techniques like vegetable spiralling, fermenting or sprouting! The kitchen is an amazing place to learn new things and tap into your creative side.

More Social: Nothing brings people together faster than good food! Cooking for a group, with your friends or family is a a perfect way to bond. Plus if you make some delicious healthy food you might inspire the people you care about the most to make healthier choices when it comes to food! 

One fun trick to get your kids to eat healthier is to let them help prepare the meal with you. They will instantly be more curious and engaged. Plus they will want to try what they made!

Save Money: Cooking at home is much cheaper than dining out or ordering take-out. The cost of preparing your food is factored into the price, plus delivery charges and taxes. Why not cut out the extra cost and prepare food at home. Plus you can make things in bulk which saves time and money.

It’s Healthier: When you cook at home you are developing a healthy habit which can lead to more healthy habits! Most restaurants drown their foods in fats, sugars and salts in order to make them more appealing. Plus generally when you eat at a restaurant it’s easier to order a dessert or plate of fries because you don’t have to go to the trouble of preparing it. When you cook at home you really have to work for your more unhealthy treats. When you go to the store you can set a goal not to bring processed foods into the house. That way your pantry and fridge is stocked with only whole organic foods!

 

Tips for cooking at home:

  1. Plan! Take a few minutes on Sunday to map out your food for the week. If you work all the time and don’t have time to cook during the week this is your chance to prepare and plan it out. Don’t worry you don’t have to do this forever just until it becomes second nature. Pick recipes that travel well, have easy clean up and don’t take that much time. Soups, stews, chilis, salads, and stir fries are all things that can be made in bulk.
  2. Shop! When going to the grocery store pick out the foods you need plus easy grab and go snacks. Like unsalted nuts, apples, bananas and all natural protein bars (REMEMBER TO READ LABELS!!!!!!)
  3. Prep! Invest in some good tupperware. You can individually dish out things to eat for the days of the week or put them in larger containers for self serving in the morning. For breakfast you can try overnight oatmeal or making a healthy omelet. Getting up a few minutes earlier can make all the difference to your morning and your day. When we start the day off right we inspire ourselves to make healthy choices all day. 

Cooking at home is one of the most effective way to see results on your waistline because it means you’re paying attention to what and how much is going on your plate. It is also a great way to bring the family together at the end of the day for family dinner; which has been shown to benefit children and your relationship with your partner. When you cook at home you will be eating healthy and so will the ones you love the most. BONUS!