The Benefits of Home Cooked Meals

24 Sep

Did you know that home cooked meals contain 60 percent less calories than the average restaurant meal, which can typically cost $9 to $25 per person?  That adds up to more than $200 per week for an average family.  Your waist line and pocket book will thank you for choosing to cook at home instead of dining out or convenience foods.

Improves Family Dynamics

  • Initiates Conversation. Everyone could use a break from screen time.  Cooking and eating at home provides a better opportunity to have meaningful face-to-face conversations with your loved ones in a less distracting environment.
  • Learning Opportunity. Time in the kitchen with your toddlers is a great opportunity for them to explore their senses.  Touching, tasting, smelling while helping you prepare can help foster healthy eating habits and practice food safety.

Encourages Healthier Habits

  • Healthier Portions. While dining out, servings are normally two to four times larger than recommended. At home, you have the power to control your portions and weigh or measure your ingredients.
  • Healthier Prep. Cooking at home can eliminate the temptation of making poor food choices that may be high in sugar, fat and sodium. Eating in can also appease picky eaters or those with dietary restrictions.

Supports Healthier Futures

  • Better Grades. A Columbia University study found that adolescents who enjoy between five and seven family dinners per week were twice as likely to see mostly A’s and B’s on their school report cards, compared to those teens who have fewer than three family dinners together per week.
  • Improves Mental Health. Facilitating conversations during meal times can help families increase their bonds, having a significant positive impact on children. Time Magazine reports that teens who eat with their family at home often show fewer signs of depression and feel more supported than those who do not.
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