Health Tips

Home Cooking…A Recipe for Good Health

Food is everywhere. Celebrity chefs glamorize it and everyday “foodies” post it on social media. But sadly, many families are finding it increasingly difficult to eat as many meals at home as they once did. In fact, a 2013 Gallup poll found that eight in 10 Americans report eating fast-food on a monthly basis and half eat it weekly. Young adults ages 18 to 29 eat the most fast food, with 57 percent indulging weekly.

Unfortunately, our eating habits contribute to an increase in conditions like obesity, heart disease and type 2 diabetes. It’s no wonder when you consider that restaurant meals have an estimated 200 more calories than those eaten at home. So a little more home cooking may be just what the doctor ordered. Here’s why…

Time is most often the biggest obstacle to cooking at home, so try involving the entire family whenever possible. Encourage children to help develop healthy menus and teach them to choose healthy ingredients at the store. Come up with a family challenge to try one new fruit or vegetable a week. By involving the kids, you’re passing along the gift of good health–in addition to your cooking skills.

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