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Making Families Healthier and Stronger with Home Cooking

by Seraphina's Kitchen on June 19, 2014

Weekdays can be filled with long hours spent working, running errands and shuttling kids to a never-ending stream of appointments, lessons, play dates and games. With all that families need to cram into a single day, it can be tempting to grab a quick dinner on the way home. Resisting that allure of convenient food is easier if parents keep the big picture in mind. There are plenty of reasons to opt for home cooking instead of eating out, and families that embrace home-cooked meals relish the advantages.

Dollars and Good Sense
Eating out can bust a budget in a hurry, especially once drinks, salads, tips and travel expenses are added in. The average American family spends about $224 (approx. £145) each month dining out, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, so the opportunity to save on in-home meals is strong. The experts at Quicken estimate that a person can save another $80 (approx. £50) a month by taking leftovers or homemade sandwiches for lunch instead of eating out. Saving such a significant amount each month can be pretty strong motivation to choose home cooking.

The Gift of Time
Those fast food drive-thru lines are longer than most people estimate, and a recent annual QSRmagazine study shows that fast-food wait times are increasing. Sure, planning meals, going to the grocery store and cooking meals may take some time too. But, a once-a-week trip to the grocery store and a couple of nights spent cooking large meals can really save time in the long run.

Good Food for Healthy Families
Making meals at home gives parents control over the whole family’s nutrition, from how much sodium kids consume to ensuring a wide variety of fruits, vegetables and whole grains are eaten. On top of that, it’s easy to over-indulge in a restaurant and lose track of what kids are eating. Only 25 percent of those surveyed by market research firm The NPD Group reported that they tried to eat healthfully when dining out, so eating at home removes that temptation.

Weighty Issues
Eating out just once a week increases the chance of weight gain, according to a 2011 study published by the Journal of the American Dietetic Association. Weight gain, higher insulin levels and greater body fat were all linked to a weekly meal eaten away from home. If maintaining a healthy weight is important, then the best option is cooking at home.

Kids Flourish With Home-Cooked Meals
Creating positive experiences and strengthening a child’s emotional health are some of the best reasons to enjoy family meals at home. Kids who help parents plan, shop for and cook meals gain many practical life experiences in math, organization, time management, nutrition and cooking. A variety of studies show a link between frequent family meals and positive child behaviors, including lower substance abuse, better school performance, improved language skills and greater self esteem.

And, isn’t that the ultimate goal of parenthood: to raise healthy, well-adjusted and prepared children?

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{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

Julie July 2, 2014 at 7:24 am

I agree 100% with trying to cook most meals at home but finding the time can be a real challenge. Have started cooking in bulk and freezing portions.

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Karen July 3, 2014 at 8:46 pm

Always cook it yourself if you can. Who knows what’s in the processed stuff!

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Samuel July 10, 2014 at 8:00 am

Am really trying to cook more at home. It helps to have a weekly grocery delivery so that you always have ingredients in the cupboard.

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Trudy July 16, 2014 at 8:49 pm

I just wish I could cook better!

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Kris July 27, 2014 at 10:05 am

Very important to teach kids good food habits when they are young. This will last a lifetime. A respect for food and its importance for a healthy life is a life skill.

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Jo September 3, 2014 at 8:59 am

Cooking seems to be a lost skill. Hence the dependence on packaged, ready-made foods and take-aways. A real shame.

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Veronica February 22, 2015 at 3:22 am

Feed you kids nutritious meals that you have (mostly) cooked yourself and you’ll set them up for a lifetime of healthier eating.

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