Eating is a basic necessity for all of us. We eat breakfast, lunch and dinner to keep our body energized and allow us to complete our daily activities. For some, it may not matter where and what you eat, as long as you do eat. For some, however, eating home cooked meals is a lot better than eating in restaurants. Apart from obvious health benefits, there are also other advantages with eating at home. Here are top 10 reasons why you should choose to eat home cooked meals.
- Cooking for yourself/your family.
It’s a social norm and your responsibility to take care of yourself. While treating yourself to eating out and to expensive restaurants, there is no better way to be responsible with what you eat and watching over yourself or your family than to eat home cooked meals. For a number of obvious reasons – the effort you give, the food choices, making sure that the food is clean and healthy – these are only a few of the reasons why you should cook for you and your family.
- Ensures cleanliness of the food.
Although we are not saying that eating out means eating unclean food, we are not exactly stating otherwise too. Think about it. Do you really see how the food is prepared? With all these news relating to food chains and their sanity issues, you can’t exactly give your full trust on restaurants. On the other hand, eating home cooked meals, especially if you were the one who cooked, will ensure that you are eating a well cleaned and well prepared meal.
- Saves your money.
No matter how much extra money you have and even if you set aside a budget to eat out, still the practical thing is to cook your own food. Eating out will mean paying for the ingredients of the food, the service and sometimes even the ambience. Whereas, if you cook, you only get to pay for the ingredients, and the rest is up to you. See? Money saved.
- Safety of your food and its ingredients.
Knowing what you are eating is important so that you also know the nutrients that you are putting inside your body. Cooking your own meals also gives you the power to control the health benefits that you get from your meals. You can control your salt, fat and cholesterol intake and avoid diseases and obesity.
- Learn how to cook different meals.
Cooking at home will expose you to the different ways of cooking and cuisine. When you cook for yourself and your family, just like when you eat out, you will want to try out new things. Thus, you set out a kitchen adventure of trying new recipes and then you get exposed to new ways of cooking. This also improves your cooking style and the quality of your home cooked meals.
- Allows you to control your meals.
If you compare it, when you eat in a restaurant, the portion of your food is controlled in the amount of serving that they have for your ordered meal. On the other hand, eating at home will allow you to know and control how much you eat. This is especially beneficial to those who want to go on a reducing diet.
- Satisfy your taste buds.
When you cook your own meals, you know exactly how you want your dishes to taste and you will work on getting that taste that your taste buds look for. You will be experimenting on new recipes and use spices that match your taste. You will satisfy what you taste buds really look for.
- Creates healthier eating habits.
Kitchen exposure will open your eyes to the different healthy eating habits that you can maintain in order to stay strong and healthy. Even just the simple knowledge of the fat and salt content of your ingredients will allow you to control these unhealthy substances and keep your meals healthy. It will also create a habit in you to be aware and to choose a healthy lifestyle and diet to avoid diseases.
- Monitors your food sensitivities.
Home cooking will allow you to monitor your food sensitivities and allergies. There are instances when our allergies don’t show until our adult years and they are more complicated. There are also food sensitivities that we sometimes are not able to monitor if we eat different meals from different restaurants on a regular basis. Eating your home cooked meals will give you the ability to track these food sensitivities and even have them cured.
- Experiment on new recipes.
Of course, kitchen exposure will bring out the secret chef in you that will create and experiment on new recipes. When you cook your own meals, there is no limit as to what ingredients you will add or remove from your recipes to make your food perfect for you.
Some of you may reason out the lack of time to prepare home cooked meals. Here’s to tell you that if you really consider your health, then you should prefer and choose home cooked meals. With the benefits listed here, eating at home will be a much more pleasurable routine.