Get cozy! Why go out to eat when you have a healthy and fun dinner you can make at home? Pull up a chair and dig in to these 5 reasons to cook at home.
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Going out to eat is easy. It’s fun. It’s fancy. But is it the best thing for you? Probably not.
While there are healthy options out there, it’s still not the same as cooking at home. Not only is making your own meals healthier because of ingredient integrity, it’s also better for your wallet and your well-being! And while we might know that eating at home is better for us, we often find ourselves making excuses and ordering takeout because you haven’t been grocery shopping in 3 weeks and all you have at home is a box of raisins and a few scoops of protein powder. I mean… no, I definitely don’t let that happen. I’m an adult. Anyway. Moving on.
There are many reasons to cook at home, and with our partner HelloFresh, you’ll be hard pressed to think of a reason to dine out. Fresh, delicious food right in your kitchen- and all done within 45 minutes! We’ve got more about HelloFresh coming your way, with cooking at home vs. dining out.
You’ll save calories and eat better.
According to this study by the University of Illinois, people who ate at restaurants consumed an average of 200 calories more calories per day than those who ate at home. Restaurant-eaters also consumed about 10 grams more fat per day! It adds up, people. And yes, these are even the people who chose the “healthy” options. The truth of the matter is, you don’t always know what you’re getting in that meal you order.
You don’t have to wonder about your ingredients.
Back to that phrase, “ingredient integrity.” This means that the foods used to make your meal, all the way down to the oils and toppings, are good quality. Especially if you’re adhering to a strict eating plan, like the Paleo diet, you’ll be concerned about the heavy amounts of canola oil and sugared-up dried fruit pieces. Did you know that some restaurants even add pancake mix to their omelets? Needless to say, you won’t have to worry about that at home. Especially when your foods come from HelloFresh. They’ll send you fresh, high-quality ingredients while purchasing from local suppliers.
I’m one of those people who is constantly thinking about food. At breakfast I’m wondering about my midmorning snack. During lunch I’m thinking about what I’ll be whipping up for dinner. Bottom line – I love eating and I love cooking even more. So whether you’re already a Betty Crocker in the making or you’re picking up your first spatula, cooking fresh and healthy meals is (and should be) a fun experience. The best part? When it’s done. What could be more fun than looking down at a meal you made with your own two hands? You’re right. Eating it!
Don’t forget to wear your apron. It’s essential for getting in the right mindset.
It’s easier than ever.
Maybe you want to cook at home. Maybe you are dying to unleash your Master Chef skills in the kitchen, but you simply don’t have time to plan out your meals, go to the store, bring everything home, put it all away, freak out that you maybe left a bag at the store, double check your receipt, and then realize you never bought it to begin with. It’s a long process. That’s where HelloFresh comes in. When you sign up for HelloFresh, you get a box full of healthy and carefully selected ingredients to make amazing, delicious meals delivered to your doorstep. Curated by nutritionists and Food Revolutionary Jamie Oliver, these meals are satisfying, easy to make, and they taste incredible. No more waiting in line at the store. No more wondering what to eat. Your recipes are waiting. The only hard part is deciding which one to make first.
You can work on your skillz.
Cooking isn’t everyone’s strong suit. I can safely say that I am the least creative person in the kitchen, and unless I am following a recipe, I am as lost as Tom Hanks in Castaway. But with a little bit of practice and easy-to-follow instructions from HelloFresh, my cooking skills have greatly increased! Just like with anything else, it takes practice. Even the least kitchen-savvy person can follow these recipes! And if you’re already a culinary mastermind, you’ll love expanding your recipe collection with new and exciting flavors and techniques!