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Monday, October 14, 2013

Cooking at Home vs Eating Out

In the past, many people didn’t think twice about going to a restaurant for dinner or swinging through the drive-thru on their way to soccer practice. However, with the condition of the economy and the impact it’s had on people’s bank accounts, many people are now opting to cook at home instead of heading out for meals. Not only does it save money, but it’s also a healthier alternative too. Below are a few benefits associated with cooking at home.

1. There are no “mystery” ingredients. When you begin to cook meals at home for your family, you become aware of all the ingredients that you and your family are eating. This isn’t the case when you go out.

Not only are there no “mystery” ingredients when you cook from home, but you can also control the levels of sugar, sodium and other caloric content too. Additionally, when you cook at home, you don’t have to worry about whether a meal really is “whole/multi-grain” as advertise, because you can switch up the ingredients yourself to make sure it is!

2. It’s a lot healthier for you and your family. As mentioned above, you control the ingredients when you cook your own meals at home. This means that you are able to feed your family much healthier foods than you would if you went to a restaurant. You can ensure the meals you cook include fresh produce and healthy, whole foods…this is a rarity at restaurants and fast-food chains. Additionally, not only are families who eat home-cooked meals generally healthier in body, but studies have shown that they are also healthier socially and emotionally because they’re spending more family time together.

3. You’re able to plan out meals in advance. Cooking at home allows you the ability to plan out dinner in advance. Instead of eating “on the fly” and choosing a restaurant at the last minute, your meals are thought out and planned in advance. Many people even cook several meals at home at one time and then reheat them in the oven on the night they want to eat them. This is often great for busy families who are always on-the-go.

4. There really isn’t that much time involved. A lot of people dislike the idea of cooking at home because they think it takes a long time. However, cooking from home actually takes less time than going out to eat does. Just think about how much time it takes to load everyone up, drive to the restaurant, be seated, order the food and get served. The majority of home-cooked meals only take 30 minutes to an hour to prepare and clean-up doesn’t take long when you get the whole family to help. When you compare the two scenarios, cooking from home actually takes less time than eating out.

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