In our fast paced, hurry up, glued to our devices world, eating at home may seem like too much of a hassle. There is no food in the fridge, the cupboard is bare, so eating out seems like the best thing to do or maybe you just don’t want to eat at home. But eating out brings a lot of extra calories to most people’s plates, through extra large portions and saturated fat. Now don’t get me wrong, we all need some fat, but most of us are eating way, way, WAY too much and when it comes to restaurant food, the giant portions stack nicely against your middle and thighs.
Time seems of the essence always, however, when taken into consideration the time taken to buckle everyone in the car, drive to a restaurant, reverse the process, go in, be seated, order and eat, then load up and unload again, a meal could more than easily have been prepared at home in half the time and for a fraction of the cost and let’s face it, for a lot less hassle.
HOW?? you ask?
Just a little preparation one day a week can make eating at home the easiest and least costly means of filling the bellies of a hungry family. If junk food has been on the menu for many years, changing old habits is not going to happen overnight, but with a little planning and preparation, dinner can be on the table any night of the week in thirty minutes or less.
Here are some tips to make Eat at Home happen:
1. Plan ahead. Sit down one day a week and do some internet research for recipes that fall into the thirty minute category OR buy a cookbook of thirty minute recipes OR google certain ingredients until a recipe that sounds appealing pops up. Make a menu for the week.
2. Look at the menus and list all ingredients needed. Don’t forget breakfast, the most important meal of the day, and items to pack a lunch. Once all ingredients are listed, make a shopping list and go forth and shop.
3. Spend an hour or so cutting veggies, making salad dressing or sauces if so inclined, and organizing for easy access.
4. Each evening, go over the next day’s menu and be sure everything is ready to go.
5. Involve the family by having those old enough make their own breakfast, prepare their lunch box, and in the evening, everyone gather in the kitchen to pull a meal together. Kids can set the table and clear it afterwards. When adults both work outside the home, both should be involved with dinner, by either preparing or clean up, but none of this should fall to one person.
People who avoid processed foods, eat at home, and focus on healthy choices like lots of vegetables, fruits, beans, whole grains, nuts and seeds, will lose weight and be healthier than those who eat in restaurants or rely heavily on fast foods, whether they be boxed items used at home, or eating out fast food. And don’t be fooled into believing eating out is cheaper. Yes, there are times one meal at a fast food restaurant might really be cheaper, but in the long run, to eat at home will be much more cost effective, not only to your wallet, but to your health as well.
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