Nowadays people cook less than back in the day. The times have changed and people are busy and can get cheap food very quickly while on the go. Sometimes people cook less due to the lack of confidence in cooking skills or lack of healthy recipes. I think we should get back to cooking at home. It empowers you to take control of your eating habits. By preparing your meals at home; you can make healthier choices, prepare balanced meals, better portion control, control the ingredient, and save you money.
If you're someone that doesn’t know how to cook healthy meals don't be ashamed. You don’t have to be a trained chef or nutritionist to prepare healthy meals. I didn't spend a lot of time in the kitchen with our parents learning how to cook either. You can start by searching for healthy recipes on YouTube, Google, and social media that can help you. Remember you can always modify your favorite recipes to fit your healthy lifestyle. Here are some tips to help you fit your favorite recipes into your healthy eating pattern.
Reduce some of the ingredients. (For example: use less sugar, less cheese, or less butter in your fav pie/cake)
Incorporate use more rich ingredients. (For example: add more veggies instead of pasta to your fav pasta dish)
Substitute a healthier version of the ingredient. (For Example: use sugar substitute instead of regular sugar, use low-fat milk instead of whole milk, prep baked instead of fried protein)
Eliminate the less healthy ingredients. (For example; eliminate Butter from bread, eliminate the mayonnaise on your sandwich)
Small changes add up over time. Any change that you make is a step in the right direction. Take it one day at a time and remember that this is a lifestyle change that will improve your overall health and wellness.