I am a believer. I believe every single person in the world should know how to cook a fresh healthy meal for themselves. This does not include freshly microwaved pre-done meal. Here are the reasons why everyone should know how to cook.
1. Cut out salt and fat intake Home cooked food has way less amount of salt and fat that the restaurants have to include in every single dish they rush out of their kitchens. Salt and fat are tasty to our our tastebuds and the more we get it, the more we get used to loading up on them.
2. Healthy wallets An average meal (criteria – taste and quality) can easily cost at lease $5 – 10. And you know that you can cook at home for so much less money. Especially, if you cook a big batch of soups, curries and freeze them up. you can easily cook about 10 meals for under $20-25. Keep the money and spend it on things that are more rewarding, like fixing something at home, going on a weekend trip, or just chiling at home with a nice bottle of wine and conversation with your loved ones.
3. Wind down from your day Cooking is one of many creativity outlets. Life becomes routine – get up, get ready work, come home, TV… 5 days a week, 50 weeks a year. Cooking takes you out of the routine and brings in adventure, creativity, waking up your senses with smells, colors, touch, and taste. You will find yourself forgetting about your day in no time if you cook at the end of your day.
4. Bonding with family At the very least, your kids, spouse, partner will ask what is being served up and then the conversation starts from there. Imagine the appreciation from the person you feed a nice meal while sharing the events of your days and lives. Did you know, that there are researches that show that children who eat with their familes perform better academically and are psychologically healthier than those who don’t? They also have higher self esteem from having a chance to spend time with their heroes – parents. Remember when we were kids? Our parents were the coolest people in our world!
Cooking is a fun and healthy way of showing love. Be it to yourself or your loved ones.
Til then! 🙂