As summer approaches and the days grow longer, there’s less temptation to stay at home for dinner. Now that it feels like you have a little more time after a long workday, you may want to round up the family and head out for a nice dinner somewhere. Of course, this is definitely much needed (not to mention well-deserved!) occasionally. But is this something you’re doing all the time? Here are a few reasons why you may want to stay in and cook dinner at home more often!
- You Know What’s In The Meals You Make
Health has recently come to the forefront of what’s going on in the United States. We’re becoming more concerned and more conscientious about what we’re putting into our bodies. Ultimately, food is medicine. It’s fuel to keep our bodies going, and that’s the way we should treat it.
When we cook at home, not only do we decide what meals we make, but we also decide the foods we put into those meals. We can research on our own what nutritional value certain foods have, and thus the healthiest way to put a meal together.
We can also control portion size when we cook at home, which is easily a huge contributing factor to obesity. Don’t make yourself sick and overeat! If you do make more than enough food, go ahead and portion out each person’s food, and immediately put the leftovers in the refrigerator. There’s much less temptation to feel that you have to eat everything in front of you when you’re at home than when you’re at a restaurant.
- You Know How You Prepare Your Food
When you know where your food is coming from and how it’s been cooked, you eliminate a lot of risk of food poisoning, E. coli, Salmonella and other food related bacteria.
Cooking at home ensures that you’ve followed the 4 steps to keeping food safe – you know your surfaces and hands are clean, you’ve kept all fruits & veggies separate from raw meats, poultry, seafood, and eggs, you know you’ve cooked at the right temperature, and you’ve refrigerated promptly so bacteria doesn’t grow. You’re not asking yourself throughout the meal whether or not everything has been handled properly.
- You’re Saving Money And Staying Off The Roads
The overall cost of cooking at home is much less than that of eating out at a nice restaurant. You’re also saving money on gas by not driving out to restaurants so often – you can probably keep trips to the grocery store down to once a week or so.
Additionally, summer can be one of the most dangerous seasons to drive. Though the weather conditions are less messy overall, higher driving speeds and a higher volume of traffic come into play. Staying out on the roads can prove costly not just for your wallet, but for your safety as well. So keep these 3 reasons to cook at home rather than going out to eat in mind, and you’ll benefit in more ways than one!
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