Studies tell us that home cooked meals are a main ingredient in a healthy diet. People who frequently cook their own food consume fewer calories, carbs, sugar and fat (even if they aren’t trying to lose weight) than those who cook less and eat out more, according to Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health research.
This is fantastic news, and yet—last year, the U.S. Commerce Department released data showing that, for the first time ever on record, consumers spent more money at restaurants and bars than at grocery stores. Of all developed countries, Americans cook the least and eat the fastest. While many of us may have a desire to eat at home more, the issue is often time—mixed with a lack of inspiration and confidence in the kitchen.
Here are 8 tips from the Yes Health coaches to help us all slow down and find time (and inspiration!) for a home-cooked meal or two each week: