Where you eat can be just as important as what you eat, according to new research recently published in the journal Public Health Nutrition. The study found that people who cook their own meals at home tend to eat healthier and intake less calories than people who don’t cook as much at home.
“Cooking dinner frequently at home is associated with consumption of a healthier diet whether or not one is trying to lose weight,” the new study reports. Julia A. Wolfson at the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future was the lead author of the study. In an interview with John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Health, she said: “When people cook most of their meals at home, they consume fewer carbohydrates, less sugar and less fat than those who cook less or not at all.”
In the conclusion of the study, the research team advocates that more needs to be done to empower people to make their own home-cooked meals. Equipping your kitchen with healthy appliances is an important step towards a better diet and a healthier lifestyle.
1. A Blender
Whether you’re mixing yourself a protein shake or blending a green smoothie, a powerful blender like a Vitamix can help you to make fast, convenient meals and curb your temptation to eat out when you’re pressed for time. Look for a blender with multiple speed settings, and make sure the blender’s carafe holds enough liquid for your favorite smoothie recipes.
2. An Air Fryer
Enjoy all the sinful delights of fried food, but with dramatically less fat and oil. Whether it’s yam fries or chicken wings, fried food uses 80 percent less oil when made cooked in air fryers. The best features to look for include dual convection fans, easy cleaning and convenient basket dividers.
3. Food Steamers
Did you know that boiling your food robs you of vital nutrients that get leached out of the water during the cooking process? Meanwhile, sauteing food requires extra oil. For some of the healthiest, leanest and most nutrient-dense cooking, use a food steamer. It works with veggies and meats, and cooks your meal to perfection while preserving the most micronutrients and macronutrients.
4. A Slow Cooker
One of the most common reasons that people eat out for dinner is because they think they do not have enough time to prep and cook a meal. A slow cooker gets the job done with little to no effort on your end. Simply throw your ingredients into the crock pot, set it and forget it! Whether you’re making a stew or a roast, you’ll come home from a long work day to a kitchen full of delicious smells.
5. A Juicer
Whether you want a refreshing post-workout hydration beverage or if you’re embarking on a detox cleanse, a juicer turns your fruit and greens into a sippable delight. Look for a juicer that uses a multiple-stage juicing process, which helps retain the most color and vitamins in your product.