While mindfulness has been the number one word on everyone's mind as of late, there is no denying that it is only a matter of time until it's daily practices become attainable goals.
To support you in making better choices to elevate your life, we present you with our Top Six Benefits of Homemade Meals.
6. Saves money
Eating homemade foods is usually much cheaper than eating at a restaurant or buying processed foods from the market.
Think about it, when you are eating out at a restaurant you are not only paying for the food you eat, but also the total experience of that business. The service, the ambiance down to the cost of operating.
5. Saves time
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.
4. Healthier ingredients
Many commercially available 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. Fast food fries have 19 ingredients. We can make them at home with far less — and they will taste just as good.
A favourite 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.
3. Avoid food allergies and sensitivities
You know what's going in your food. Plain-and-simple.
Preparing your food at home can be especially beneficial if you or a family member has a food allergy. Because you are in control in your own kitchen, you can reduce the risk of an allergic reaction.
2. Portion control
Many restaurants and fast food joints offer portions that are much larger than necessary. And the problem is, when food is in front of you, chances are you’ll eat it. When you dine in, you can regulate the amount of food served for dinner, eliminating unnecessary temptation.
Although, this could happen the other way as well. :)
1. Brings family together
Eating at home gives the entire family time to talk about their day.
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.
With that said, we have a feeling that mindful eating will continue it's course to becoming the next thing to living your best life.