Why You Should Eat at Home Tonight

By Sara Butler

Many people understand that cooking at home is a healthier choice than eating out, but have you ever stopped to think why? It goes beyond the health benefits of the food you’re eating. Dinner at home has a large advantage over eating out many different ways. Here are a few to consider!

It’s Great for Family Bonding

Research has shown that the time families spend around the dinner table together creates a positive and lasting change on both adults and children. Cooking meals together is a great way to teach your kids to have a healthy relationship with food and about the importance of good nutrition. If you have a busy schedule and can’t all be together for dinner, just gathering around the people that are home will make a difference. Just save some leftovers for the stragglers!

You Feel Like You’ve Achieved Something

If you’re not very confident about your culinary skills, then the only thing you can do is work on them in order to improve. Cooking for yourself and your family helps you to feel accomplished even if you make something super simple. Plus, you’ll be rewarded with a bump in your kitchen skills. You may not be Tyler Florence in the kitchen, but your family will appreciate you anyway.

You’ll Explore New Things

Most families tend to eat at the same restaurants over and over again. Kids aren’t exactly the most adventurous eaters on the planet! But cooking at home allows you to introduce new foods and control the way you introduce them. Make a commitment to try at least one new ingredient a week to expand your family’s palate. Plus, it’ll help ignite a little creative flair in you that’s just been itching to get out!

You Save Moo-lah!

Money is a big concern to a lot of people and eating at home is a great way to save money! Most restaurants add about 300 percent to the cost of the food they serve. That means you can make the same dish at home with the same ingredients and save a lot of money!

It’s Good For You

You can’t control what ingredients go in your dish at a restaurant -- or the amount -- but you can control that at home. That means all the excess butter, oil, and calories can be trimmed down to help you be healthier.

Go ahead -- cook at home tonight 

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