home cooking: a whole body challenge
How often do you cook at home?
In an era where fastfood and restaurants have gotten very popular, more people are eating less and less at their homes. Busy lifestyle and the intimidating preparation in cooking had been the excuse for eating out in restaurants. No cause for worries though. As dining out can really give convenience. And, as for health reasons, there are restaurants that are offering healthier menus. So better check out for those.
But, as in my family’s case, we try to eat more at home. Dinners and weekends are where there’s much traffic in our kitchen. The kids are always eager to know what’s cooking in the kitchen, and they are always happy to help out. I always believed that aside from promoting healthy relationship among family members, cooking and dining at home promotes healthier lives.
Here are few benefits of home cooking.
Dining out versus home cooking.
Dining out in restaurants may be all-too convenient. Who doesn’t need convenience in our everyday busy lives? But, then again, think about what we pay for the price of that convenience. Because when eating out, we have these tendencies to order more foods. Temptations are high particularly when we get to see those mouth-watering foods displayed on the food menu. And, what does this means? More calories, more fat, more sodium. All have potential effects on our weight that will might cause problems with out health. While, when we try to cook at home, we are in control of all the ingredients we incorporate into every meals. We control the taste. Hence, it’s a better way to control what can be good or bad to our health.
Home cooking is learning.
By cooking at home, we get to personally picked the ingredients at the grocery stores. This is by far the most important aspect in home cooking, we get to educate ourselves starting from choosing the items to cook. Starting out from the meat. Through reading the labels, we can differentiate meats and discover which of those that are in the frozen that really yields protein and not fats. While at the canned goods or bottled food items, we can discover that processed foods are all but sugar and sodium. And, at the fresh produce, it will always be interesting to discover the many benefits we can derive at those fruits and vegetables. We may all know that they are rich in vitamins and minerals. Knowing and learning more about the role of every plant chemical -its role in the overall functioning of the body, in their ability to build resistance against diseases, and its role as a whole body cleanse to keep toxins out of our bodies.
Foster family relationship.
Cooking at home can be intimidating at times. But once every thing is planned out -the shopping list, the menu planning, and more importantly, the involvement of everybody in the family- cooking and dining at home can be a great experience. Not only can it foster lasting family relationship but it can have great effects in promoting family health.
This is a sponsored post for Xango, however, all the points and views are my own.