But How Can I Find the Time for Cooking With My Busy Schedule?
When was the last time you cooked or prepared an amazingly delicious homemade meal? Do you find it much easier and convenient to grab some fast food on the way home from work? Working full time can be exhausting and cooking after a long day at work is probably the last thing you want to do. Life tends to be even more hectic if you’re raising children.
The chemicals in processed and packaged food makes cooking and preparing your own food extremely important, especially if you have young children. You don’t want your children’s growing and developing system to be stunted with toxic ingredients. To read more about the importance of avoiding chemicals in food, read Stop Counting Calories and Count Chemicals Instead.
It’s tempting to throw something frozen in the microwave – I get it. However, convenience isn’t going to nourish your body, mind, and soul like a homemade meal. Cooking and preparing your own foods doesn’t have to be a chore, although it can feel like one at times. If you’re committed to living a healthy and balanced life, it’s imperative to put the effort into cooking and preparing your own foods.
This article will help you establish a healthy relationship with your kitchen (and your family), even if your calendar is fully booked. Are you ready to keep it simple…smart one?
I Got 5 On It! Grab Your Bowl, Let’s Get Simple
Because many recipes require 15 or more ingredients, cooking can be very time consuming. Seriously, who the hell has time for recipes that take an hour or more to prepare – especially during the work week? This is why I recommend sticking to recipes that require only 5 fresh ingredients or less. By fresh ingredients, I mean veggies, meats, and other similar food items. Staple ingredients include spices, dried herbs, oils, and other commonly used non-perishable items.
You will significantly reduce the need to go grocery shopping by simply making sure you have plenty of these staple ingredients on hand at all times. Having a supply of commonly used ingredients can drastically decrease cooking and preparation time as well – especially if you stick to simple 5 ingredient recipes. In fact, almost all 5 ingredient or less recipes require no more than 20 minutes to prepare. Perfect for the fast paced lives we live!
Here are 4 benefits of cooking and preparing your own food:
- Health Benefit #1 – You know whats in the food. There are no mystery ingredients or hidden chemicals because you are the chef. When you are the chef, you have the power to choose what to include or exclude in the meal. You have total control over the ingredients.
- Health Benefit #2 – Save money in the long run. All of those days spent eating out for lunch or dinner can really start to take a toll on your wallet.
- Health Benefit #3 – Create and strengthen your bond with family and loved ones. When you take the time to prepare food together with family, it becomes a very healthy practice. You can work on communication, relationships, AND nourish yourselves with food made with love all at the same time.
- Health Benefit #4 – You can practice your creativity. Cooking is a good way to develop your creative talent, especially when it comes to experimenting with new flavors and ethnic cuisines.
Discover and Share the Health Benefits of Cooking and Preparing Your Own Food Together as a Family
Cooking and preparing your own food can be very rewarding in many ways. As a result, you will save money, eat chemical free healthy meals, and allow your creativity to flow. In addition to the money saving and health benefits, you will also strengthen the bond with your family. Don’t you want to know what’s going on in your children’s or spouses’ lives outside of Facebook, school, and work?
To make the family bonding experience more intimate, you can even create a “no cell phones at the table” rule. This area of balanced living is often overlooked due to the convenience of fast foods and processed frozen meals. After reading this post, what opens up for you in the area of preparing your own foods? Please share…your experience or suggestions may support someone in need of a little inspiration…