With a huge percentage of the population living away from home, for study or for work, dissatisfaction towards outside food is one extremely common phenomenon. Simultaneously common is also the constant craving for simple, homemade meals.
On most days, working people end up eating restaurant meals or in local eateries close to their offices. This has led to the onset of poor energy levels and health issues for Indians from a very young age.
Homemade meals are being recommended by health experts around the world as the only solution to poor eating habits. There are many benefits to having homemade meals, some of which are listed below.
Why Should You Have Homemade Meals?
Many commercially prepared foods are high in fat, salt, and sugar. When we prepare our own food, we know exactly which ingredients and how much of each are going into our food.
When we cook at home, we are in control. McDonald’s fries have 19 ingredients. We can make them at home with far less — and they will taste just as good. A favorite at my house is potatoes cut into wedges, olive oil, salt, pepper, and cayenne pepper. Put these in a Ziploc bag to mix together. Then place in the oven on a pan for about 30 minutes at 400 F. It’s only five ingredients and tastes fabulous.
Vital nutrients such as proteins, carbohydrates, and fibers, which are necessary for healthy living, maybe less or absent in hotel food, due to the unhealthy oils or cooking methods used for the preparation. Home-prepared meals, on the other hand, contain healthy ingredients that you can choose while cooking.
Eating homemade foods is usually much cheaper than eating at a restaurant or buying processed foods from the market. When we eat at a restaurant, we pay for not only the food but also the costs of running that business. The lights, the water, the building, and the staff — in addition to the meal we are eating. The same goes for pre-made or frozen meals at grocery stores.
It might seem like grabbing something to eat at the local supermarket or driving to get take-out at the closest restaurant might be a quick solution when you’re in a hurry. In reality, many times it can be much faster to cook something at home, especially when you plan ahead. There are so many meals that can be made in less than 30 minutes. And if you choose a more complex recipe, you can always cook in bulk and eat the surplus later in the week or freeze it.
Brings Family together
Studies show that when we eat together, our kids and family are much healthier. Eating together is linked to less obesity, kids doing better in school, and less substance abuse within the family.
Involving your children in food preparation (maybe by asking them to read the recipe out loud or mix ingredients) is not only a fun thing to do but also a great way to teach them healthy eating habits.
Research finds that people who eat home-cooked meals on a regular basis tend to be happier and healthier and consume less sugar and processed foods, which can result in higher energy levels and better mental health. Eating home-cooked meals five or more days a week is even associated with a longer life.
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