You are possibly one of the consumers who buy ready-made foods from time to time to save time. Challenging sometimes, back from a busy workday to take care of both the house, the children and at the same time tackle the stoves! Industrial dishes show the benefits of being practical, an easy solution to save time! However, even if they are practical, nothing can replace nutritious homemade food and this for many reasons.
There are many advantages to the willingness to homemade food. Start by cooking whole, real foods from scratch and you will be pleasantly surprised to see the pounds shed. Not only because you are going to avoid chemicals but also because you are going to drastically reduce unnecessary intake of fat, sugar, and salt with homemade food.
1. Impact of Handmade Food and Ready-Made Food on Health
A healthy lifestyle begins with a good diet, that is to say, varied and balanced. In other words, which banishes industrial ready meals. These are harmful to health. Too salty, too oily, filled with additives to give taste and flavor, the ready-made meal is far from healthy!
You only have to look at the tags when you go shopping: colors, preservatives, added flavors, also sauces. Exclusively since some dishes, consist of too much sodium and promote water retention, hypertension, and even obesity! They increase the danger of bad cholesterol, diabetes, and other cardiovascular diseases. With these kinds of dishes, you are damaging your body. The benefits are therefore more than limited.
2. Control the Ingredients
With the homemade food, you control the situation and make your own balanced recipes. No need to be a big cordon bleu, or to do fine dining. It is enough to always have at your disposal an alliance of some fresh and frozen vegetables, fish, meat and seasonal fruits and also to concoct your menus of the week. Afterward, you can add your own condiments, herbs, and herbs to enhance the taste of your homemade food.
3. Advantages of Homemade Nutritious Food
There are various advantages of homemade food.
i) It is Cheaper to Cook at Home
In fact, it is more economical to simmer your own food at home rather than take-out or eat in restaurants day after day, especially if you have already bought some basic ingredients (pillars of gastronomy).
If you find some recipes that you find appetizing, make a list and buy only what you need. You can then cook dinner for the whole week for almost the same amount as you would have spent in a mid-range restaurant for 2 or 3 meals. Homemade food is cheap and healthy
Moreover, there will always be a surplus when you practice the art of good food at home. You can use these good surplus meals for lunch the next day. This will basically help you save large amounts of money.
ii) Cooking for Yourself is Better for Your Health
You control the amounts of fat, sodium, carbohydrates or any other substance. You can buy seasonal fruits and vegetables, at their peak of flavor and nutritional value, rather than being satisfied with yellowed lettuce or fruit piled up too long that taste like cardboard.
Portion control is very easy when you cook your own dishes, you just need to decide how many foods to put on your plate. This better management of the quantities consumed eliminates the temptation to eat all those fries that accompany your hamburger if you ate it in a fast-food restaurant. The foods served in the restaurant include a lot of butter and heavy cream which can be high in calories. Eating your home-cooked meals, therefore, makes it easier to follow a slimming program (if you are currently following one).
iii) Cooking at Home Gives you more Flexibility
You will find this much more extensible than using ready-to-eat ready-made foods (industrially made dishes) or ordering from a restaurant. At home with homemade, if you don’t like black olives in your pasta, you don’t place them. If you want to put more basil, add some. You can use olive oil in place of butter, or also milk in place of cow’s milk. Your choices become unlimited.
iv) Your Home-Cooked Meals Suit Your Taste
Which restaurant could offer you the same? Some of us enjoy spicy food while others prefer less spicy. The same applies to salt and sugar. At home, you will get the food that suits your taste all the time (since you taste it when you prepare it).
v) You can Adjust the Portions
You may have already noticed that in most restaurants your favorite recipes are served inadequate portions which could make you want to eat more. This means that an additional dish will add to the bill.
When you prepare your favorite recipes at home, you have the flexibility to adjust the portions as desired. Rather than just eating a plate of your favorite dish, you can eat as much as you wish, but according to your own proportions and estimates.
vi) Doing Good Home Cooking Yourself Can be Quick than Eating Out
Add the time wasted in transport to go to the restaurant, to wait to find a free table (if the restaurant is crowded), to wait for the time to be served (after ordering), to eat, to pay the bill, in transport to return home. You will then see that the total time very often exceeds that necessary for the preparation of your dishes at home.
Indeed, you could have taken a lot less time to cook at home something simple and tasty, while keeping great comfort: no need to put on your shoes, the pleasure of listening to your favorite music simultaneously, relaxation in your cozy nest.
vii) Avoid Unintentional Utilization of Chemicals and Food Additives
All the methods used to transform food (canning, dehydration, freezing) damage almost all of its flavor (and cause a lot of nutrients to be lost). Suddenly, chemicals consumed under the name “natural flavors” were added to boost the taste. While coloring additives are added to give the appearance that the food is fresh.
All of this can make food look and smell better, but these devices do nothing good for your health. Monosodium glutamate is found in almost all processed foods, and certainly in almost all fast food. All kinds of medical studies have shown that monosodium glutamate causes obesity, as well as various other side effects. It is a chemical that we should never put in our bodies, yet it is present in almost all of the processed foods we buy. On the other hand, homemade food is very nutritious. Free yourself from monosodium glutamate by preparing your meals from scratch at home.
viii) Eat Less at Home Since You Can Save the Surplus for Later
No doubt, the fact of being able to keep the part not utilized of your dishes (in the refrigerator or in a pantry for example) in order to consume it later is fully normal when you cook then eat at home. Whereas if you are eating out, you might be tempted to eat it all because you don’t want to throw away the food you paid for.
ix) Achieve Better Health
The less chemicals you have in your body, the better your health will be. Studies have shown that chemicals found in certain industrial foods can cause obesity and cancer, as well as neurological disorders. The more you feed your body properly, the better your quality of life will be.
x) Master the Preparation of the Dishes You Like
There is another reason for wishing to cook at home: the more often you prepare recipes (seen on the Internet or printed in cookbooks), the more you practice to master the preparation of these favorite dishes. This will open doors to advance your own recipes from the existing recipe, which you have been practicing for some time. And maybe you can make your own recipe. Regular practice grants you to perfect your culinary talents, it is the best way to enhance your gastronomic skills and become a Michelin-starred chef for your family.
Above all, cooking a great meal with your spouse or having a barbecue with your family can lead to unforgettable memories. Eat always and spend time with your family at the table.
The Art of Cooking Leftovers
On the contrary, home-made food tickles your culinary creativity and teaches you the art of cooking leftovers.
From an ingredient, you can make tasty and varied dishes: potatoes cooked in water with laurel can thus be used as mash or as mincemeat. If you have a yogurt maker, you can make your own yogurts with different tastes! This economic gain will be found both on your shopping note and on your household waste bill: less waste and packaging! With home-made, you consume intelligently and in an ecological way.
There is hardly a better feeling than knowing that you have just prepared a wonderful dish for yourself, having saved money and time, improving your health. So go for it. What are you waiting for? Crackpots, pans, and pots, and enjoy.