Cooking at Home is Healthy

In general, cooking at home is believed to be healthier than eating out. Although this is not always the case, it is the case most of the time. People who cook at home are more likely to eat fruits and vegetables than people who eat out. Also, the food you cook at home tends to have less fat and calories than takeout food or eating out. Additionally, the portion sizes of at-home meals are typically smaller than those at a restaurant or fast food place (those Five Guys fries were probably intended to be eaten by five actual guys).

So, if cooking at home were healthier than not cooking at home, you would think that all of those television cooking shows are a good thing. There certainly are enough shows to meet everyone's taste. In fact, television cooking shows are so abundant that you can literally watch them 24 hours per day.

Over the years the popular
Food Network created well over 200 cooking shows. Unfortunately, too many of these shows are geared towards entertaining or encouraging people to eat out. Healthy Appetite With Ellie Krieger may be the only regularly aired Food Network show specifically created to instruct on how to cook healthy meals.

If cooking shows are not the answer to inspiring us to cook, what can we do to bring some healthy home cooking to the table?
  1. Plan. While watching an entertaining Food Network show, create a quick menu for the week, chop up some veggies, clean and cut meats into the right portion size, or fix one item from scratch, for example, tomato sauce.
  2. Cook with a combination of healthy staples and natural or organic foods. Staples may include multigrain or whole wheat pastas, canned beans, canned tomatoes and vegetables. Natural food consists of foods that are not chemically altered. Organic food refers to how food is manufactured, produced and handled. Organic food may not be natural.
  3. Commit to cooking on Mondays. There may not be research to back this up, but it is likely that if you commit to cooking on Mondays, you may keep it up the rest of the week.
  4. Invest under $25 for a two-year subscription to a healthy cooking magazine like Cooking Light Magazine for years of healthy cooking. Of course you can find hundreds of healthy recipes online, but will you?
  5. Invest less than $10 in the book, Eat, Drink, and Be Healthy: The Harvard Medical School Guide to Healthy Eating.
When you cook at home, you have total control of what you eat and do not eat. Chances are you will eat healthier and improve your health if you cook at home most of the time.
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