Cooking in your own kitchen, with fresh ingredients, is life-improving and relationship-building. It embodies a connection to family, working together to prepare and share meals. We can so easily get accustomed to eating out or getting to-go orders; they’re easier and quicker, but they do not give you the best health benefits.
How do you know what is in your food? For instance, takeout French fries have 18 ingredients, but your fries at home may only have five. Fast food and even restaurant food is higher in salt, sugar, and fat to increase the desired taste. At home, you will use less and decrease your calories.
If you want to improve nutrition, build up family relations, then home cooking is the way to go.
7. Improves Relationships
Home cooking can improve relationships. By working together you talk more, learn and connect about food and each other. It helps you refocus on the preparation of dinner versus your troubles. Heck, talking it over sometimes might help with answers to your problems.
6. Better Ingredients
You usually go to the store and buy fresh vegetables or meats weekly, so you know your ingredients. Normally, you have staples like spices, olive oil, vinegar, and tomato sauce to add more flavors. This is better nutrition for your body than all the additives or prepared frozen food involved with takeout.
“When people cook most meals at home, they consume fewer carbohydrates, less sugar, and less fat than those who cook less or not at all…even if they are not trying to lose weight”, says Julia Wolfson MPP, in a study done at John Hopkins for a Livable Future.
5. Learn or Sharpen Culinary Skills
Learning new skills and using new recipes keeps your mind fresh. It lets you focus on cooking, and work out your differences both on food preferences, family issues, or trials at work. Talking things over can be so beneficial and enlightening for relationships.
4. Cooking Together Builds Family Cohesiveness
It’s a great social experience and builds good relations like bonding with your children while cooking as a family. Let them help with the little things, like mixing or washing veggies. It helps the kids with more structure, releases their creativity and gets them off the phone and computers for a bit.
3. Less Expensive Than Takeout or Delivery
When you buy takeout, you are also paying for food containers, message takers, or delivery besides your prepared food. Your food might be fresh, but is more likely frozen or pre-packaged. It actually saves you money and time if you cook it yourself. Another benefit is you are supporting the local economy by buying fresh.
2. Easier Control of Food Allergies or Sensitivities
You can control ingredients better if anyone in the family has allergies to nuts or shellfish, dairy or eggs, or is gluten sensitive.
1. Emotional Sensations of Aromas and Taste Creates Memories
The smells and tastes of new food create memories of these fun times, especially for celebrations like birthdays, anniversaries, and holiday feasts. You can recall the fun times later on in life when you are all reminiscing.
There are many tips online to help you with easy recipes for cooking at home and reduce those fast food temptations. It can really be relaxing, preparing food together, learning new skills, talking more to each other and you will have fun times enjoying yourselves.