Though social networks like Pinterest and Buzzfeed make cooking look super easy and fun, the growing shift in employment and economic stability remains a contributing factor to the dying trend of home-cooked family meals. With visual recipes at our fingertips making cooking look simple in mere seconds, how are we so enthusiastic to watch others cook but are less eager to do it ourselves? For years, it’s been well-documented that Americans have shifted their habits to eating out more and cooking at home less.
Last year, The Washington Post reported less than 60 percent of dinners served in U.S. homes were actually cooked at home. Thirty years ago, the percentage was closer to 75 percent. With more and more Americans leaving their kitchens untouched and opting for inexpensive fast food, it’s imperative to know home-cooked meals are not only the perfect source of sustainable health and budgetary control, but the quintessential way to strengthen relationships.
Of course, it’s no secret that a lot of us enjoy eating out. With the hustle and bustle of work, balancing relationships and family life, it can be hard to set aside time to really dive into your culinary side. But according to a study from the John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health Research, cooking at home can lead to consuming fewer calories and healthier foods. When you make your own meal with fresh, local and organic ingredients, each bite will deliver a slew of health benefits to help you feel and look better. It just takes a bit of time and effort to get there.