Ever wondered how cooking has become something that you enjoy watching shows on Food Network? But when it comes to actual eating, it’s either a take out or heating up frozen meals! How often do you actually use your kitchen for cooking meals from scratch?

Although it is super entertaining to watch food shows where our fave celebrity chefs fire up some delish in the kitchen. But cooking at home could be equally exciting. And if you commit to it, it comes with physical, social, mental and financial benefits. Here are the top 5 reasons why you should consider cooking at home:

Find Your Inner Superpower of Multitasking

When you are cooking you are automatically keeping track of several things at once: temperature, time, adjusting ingredients. This calls for focus, discipline as well as a strong ability to prioritize: some of the biggest trait of a multitasker!

Boost Your Confidence

Cooking is like sports, the more you play the better you get at it. Like Julia Child once said “The only real stumbling block is fear of failure. In cooking you’ve got to have a what-the-hell attitude.” The more you experiment with different food ingredients and ethnic foods, the better boost you give to your self-confidence in your social as well as professional life.

Your Health and Wellness begins in your Kitchen

It’s a proven fact that people who cook at home consume fewer calories and eat healthier than those who don’t cook at home[1]. When you cook from scratch you have to consciously think about the type and amount of each ingredient, where to buy them, prepare them for cooking. Better understanding of portion sizes and a better food safety are just some of the varied health benefits of home cooking. This eventually helps develop conscious eating habits without having the “diet mindset.” It works, give it a go!

Save Money

Cooking at home will help you save some decent cash. Average annual cost of eating out 1–2 meals/day is $2000 — $4000. This money saving strategy is good for your physical as well as your financial health! Think about what all you can do with that extra cash on hand?

Create Memories, Strengthen Bonds

Cooking is a great way to involve your friends, family and even kids into a fun social/family activity. Experiment together and create new recipes. Studies have shown that involving kids into food preparation is associated with lower risk of obesity, ADHD and help inculcate healthy eating habits in kids. Cooking together or sharing recipes help strengthen bonds between loved ones.

“If you really want to make a friend, go to someone’s house and eat with him…the people who give you their food give you their heart.” — Cesar Chavez Happy Cooking!