Day, after day, after day, we have to eat.
Meal, after meal, after meal.
I'll be the first to admit that sometimes this can be a tedious chore. And, unless cooking is your passion, the time and effort that goes into home cooking can wear on you; whether you have a large tribe at home, or if you're single and just cooking for yourself. I get it - we're all busy. It can be very temping to take unhealthy shortcuts and visit a drive-thru or buy pre-made tv dinners.
However, home-cooked meals made with whole-food ingredients are the healthiest options for you and your family. There's no denying that real-food ingredients taste the best, make you feel nourished, and give you a sense of satisfaction after preparing a lovely meal. In fact, it's the nutrient-rich foods that will give you energy to keep on cookin' (pun intended). ;-)
Here are some practical suggestions to make it easier for you to make homemade meals with whole food ingredients. And, at a reasonable price! You'll find that nutrient-dense meals and snacks made from whole foods can be an uplifting, empowering, and money-saving experience!
Sometimes, high quality whole foods cost more than packaged junk foods or fast foods. Investing in high nutrient-quality foods is an investment in your health. You can pay now, or pay later with hidden costs associated with a poor diet, including medical expenses, time spent in doctor's offices, missed work, and a shorter life.
Instead of asking why organic foods are so expensive, why not ask why junk foods are so cheap?? Hmm...
Eating out at restaurants frequently can be rather expensive and is a recipe for an unhealthy body. The same goes for foods that are instant, pre-packaged, pre-cooked. You're also paying for labor & these foods are sold at a premium price. Unfortunately, they are often cooked in highly oxidative oils, full of chemical additives and preservatives, loaded with added sugars, and chock full of refined salt. Oh no!
Face it... being a homebody can be good for your health & your pocketbook! Bringing your lunch from home (to the office) will also save a fortune.
There are dozens of ways you can save money and still eat healthy.
Also, know when it matters to buy "organic" and when you can skip it.
As far as produce, in general, if you're going to remove the peel, don't bother buying it organic. If it is a root vegetable, like carrots or potatoes, always buy organic (these will soak up toxins in the soil and cannot be washed off). Always buy organic apples and berries, which are the foods most sprayed with pesticides.
Read much more in my article: Organic Foods: Really Worth the Cost?
Now you have no more excuses! Stay home tonight and cook a lovely meal. It doesn't have to be complicated or expensive to be delicious. If you put your love into it, it will show. Happy cooking!
Do you have more great tips for no-stress home cooking? Comment below so other readers can benefit from your wisdom, too!
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