Okay, I won’t sugar-coat it: most of us would prefer to grab a frozen pizza and pop it in the oven for 12 minutes rather than shop for and cook a meal that we will eat in a fraction of the time it took to make it. But there is so much more gained from a home-cooked meal than we see on the steamy surface. Let’s look at 3 healthy reasons to cook more meals at home.
1. At home, YOU control the ingredients – Reading the labels on the foods you purchase is a step in the right direction. But what about fast food places where ingredient details are not readily available? I’m guessing most of us don’t take the time to research exactly what those fast food “chicken” nuggets are made of before we order them.
Home cooking puts you, the consumer, in much more control of what you’re feeding yourself as well as your friends and family.
2. Food is fresher – We check the “sell by” or “use by” dates, but really, we have no idea how old the ingredients in our food are. If we prepare our own food and we decide to freeze our leftovers, we know the freshness of the ingredients right down to the garlic in the spaghetti sauce.
The fresher the food, the higher the nutrients. When we purchase, for example, fresh raw spinach, we can see and smell for freshness as well as read a “use by” date. But when we purchase a frozen meal we have no idea the condition of the spinach in the meal.
3. Home cooking is a creative outlet – There is something so rewarding about creating a meal. Something seems deep within our DNA to join family, friends, and food together.
This doesn’t have to mean elaborate meals with expensive ingredients. Rosemary Lemon Roasted Sanderson Farms Chicken with fresh green beans and baked sweet potatoes is far from fancy. But the aroma that fills a space creates a feeling of well-being and nurturing. When people are gathered around a dinner table, food freshly made is often what ignites good conversation.
I try to cook as many meals at home as I can, but of course it doesn’t always happen as planned. But even just adding a few extra meals a week can have a big health impact!
Here’s to happy cooking!