Unfortunately, prepared foods purchased away from home tend to be higher in calories and not as nutritionally rich as homemade meals. For most Americans, taste, convenience and entertainment are driving these food choices. Some studies have found an association between eating away from home and overweight and obesity in adults and children.
Many nutrition experts agree that people should return to preparing our own meals both for health and weight management purposes. We need to get cooking! Although adopting healthier eating habits may take more effort in the beginning, it will get easier and more enjoyable every meal.
Bring Back the Art of Cooking
Many people report that their eating patterns aren't healthy, because they don't know how to cook healthy foods. Or they worry that their family will not like a recipe that's modified to incorporate healthy substitutions. Believe it or not, food that's good for you can taste good too! It also doesn't require a lot of time or extra money.
Try New Recipes
Did you know that most families cook using the same 10 to 12 recipes multiple times in the course of a month? They also supplement homemade meals with eating out or bringing home take-out meals. To expand your cooking horizons:
- Exchange recipes with health-minded neighbors, friends, and family members.
- Use a healthy cookbook or two. Discover more than 100 recipes in our Healthy Cooking Recipes. You'll also find a wide array of meal ideas and tips
from H-E-B's dietitians.