Why We Should Find Time for Home Cooked Meals
- 2 Minutes Read
- Dec 15, 2015
In 2005-08, Americans consumed 32 percent of calories away from home. This is up from 18 percent in 1997-98. There are many reasons individuals obtain their food and drink away from home, including convenience and saving time. Find out why this might be a problem for our health and learn 10 tips for successfully cooking healthy meals at home.
In 2005-08, Americans consumed 32 percent of calories away from home. This is up from 18 percent in 1997-98. According to the National Restaurant Association, restaurant industry sales are estimated to be approximately $709 billion annually or $1.9 billion daily. There are many reasons individuals obtain their food and drink away from home, including convenience and saving time. In addition, studies are finding that numerous individuals do not prepare foods in the home because they feel they lack cooking skills, think it will be more expensive and it takes too much of their time. One study showing that the same people who reported lack of time to cook at home were not concerned about the time they spent on the computer, watching television or using the cell phone.
So, we spend more time using electronics than cooking. What's the problem, you ask? Well, it may be part of the reason we have a growing obesity and diabetes epidemic in this country. A review of studies showed eating meals away from home is positively linked with becoming overweight or obese. Other findings indicate that the odds of becoming overweight/obese are considerably higher when families report having at least one weekly meal away from home. Percent body fat and heart disease risk were considerably greater with weekly purchases of fast-food and take-out meals. Restaurant meals often have larger portions (so we get our money's worth), have more saturated fat and more sodium, but are usually lower in fruits, vegetables, fiber, vitamins and minerals.
Do you want to cook more often at home but feel a little unsure of yourself in the kitchen? Just get in there and have some fun! Turn on your favorite music and get cooking. Instead of feeling intimidated by the chefs on the cooking channels, you may want to get a cookbook, like Betty Crocker or Better Homes and Gardens, to help you learn cooking basics. Now, I won't lie. You do need to do a little planning and organizing to make it happen. Start with a grocery list and a few simple recipes.
Here are some of my favorite tips for cooking healthy meals at home: