Homemade foods are the epicenter of a clean, sustainable lifestyle.
Recipe for cookies is down below.
Our lives revolve around food. If we had no food, we would starve and die. Our sense of smell and taste have evolved with food. These senses are directly linked to the limbic system which controls our heart rate, blood pressure, breathing, memory, stress levels, hormone balance, and our emotions. This means, when we smell or taste something, our bodies and minds have a direct reaction.
Food is important to keeping a healthy body and mind. The kind of food we ingest plays even a bigger role. Yes, you could go out to eat every night and get a professionally made dish and spends hundreds/thousands of dollars on food. Or Yes, you could buy pre-made meals that have questionable cheap ingredients and still overspend money.
But why spend one cent on buying food that may be negatively affecting your mind and body. Here are seven powerful reasons why homemade food is best.
1. Saves Money – Eating homemade food is normally cheaper than eating restaurant or pre-made processed foods.
We save so much money by making our own foods from scratch. If you have all the tools to cook a good meal, then all you need to do is buy the ingredients. I normally plan 5-6 meals for the week, make a list of all the ingredients, and then go to the grocery store.
I save money this way because I only pick up ingredients I need for the week. Because I only get food that I know we will consume, we have almost 0% food waste. That means no wasted money! YAY!
2. Healthier Ingredients – You get to choose what to put in your meals. You can choose to avoid unwanted ingredients like excess sugar, salt, saturated fat, and MSG. Or things like aspartame and high fructose corn syrup.
You have the option to choose whole foods that are clean and come from sustainable sources. You can also choose foods that organic, free-trade, grass-fed, etc. It feels good having that option.
3. Avoid Food Allergies and Sensitivities – You get the choice of preparing meals with ingredients that don’t make You sick. I normally avoid cauliflower, celery, lobster, okra, peanuts, and potatoes.
If you have other allergies, you can avoid them too for instance if you need gluten free, soy free, peanut free, lactose free, etc. Find alternatives for these ingredients and the world of food is in the palm of your hand.
4. Portion Control – Many restaurants and fast food joints offer portions that are much larger than necessary (like many more calories than what you need). And the problem is, when food is in front of you, chances are you’ll eat it.
When making your own food, you have control of how much goes on your plate and how much you eat. You get to decide how hungry you are.
5. Saves Time – Some leftovers are awesome! You can make a lot of one meal and eat it again and again. You can even freeze meals to make lunch/dinner easy. You have to spend every day in the kitchen.
We freeze soup all the time. Then I break it out on a lazy Sunday for an easy meal. I normally pair it with fresh grilled cheese. BOOM! DONE! Healthy homemade meal in no time flat. Justin also brings leftovers to work for lunch every day. It cuts down on wasting time going out to eat.
We also have meal cards, so planning meals for the week is a cinch. I have made many cards with meal ideas, so Justin can pick 5-6 meals for the week. I then take the cards and figure out what ingredients we need from the grocery store. It saves time on planning meals and saves time at the grocery store.
For the meal ideas, I pull from meals I know we like to eat. I also pull meals from Pinterest, from cookbook, and from magazines. After I make the meal, I store the meal cards for a while and then give them back to Justin to recycle back into the meal card stack. It is a great system. No more asking, “what should we eat tonight?”
6. Rewarding Feeling – Making your own homemade food brings a sense of reward and joy into making something yourself. IT ALWAYS MEANS MORE.
I always feel so proud about making food with my own two hands. It always means a lot more than buying something because spent time, skill, money, and effort on making it.
If you can’t cook or your cooking doesn’t turn out good, maybe take a few cooking classes. Read cook books or watch cooking shows to get some ideas on how to prepare tasty food.
7. Brings Families Together - Eating at home gives the entire family time to talk about their day. Don’t sit in front of the TV and eat. Take it to a table and actually make conversation with your friends and family.
Ask about their day. Ask fascinating questions to know each other a little more. Talk about news or coming up plans. Just talk and eat a good healthy meal.
Eating together helps build a bond that everyone wants to enjoy. It’s the feeling of connectedness and happiness. Communicating is very important for relationships. Eating meals gives the chance to open-up and talk with each other.
BONUS: Less Waste & Single-Use Plastic – Buying whole bulk foods or ingredients in reusable/recyclable packaging accumulates less waste. This is just another way to lower your impact on Earth. Making food at home from scratch helps you lower your ecological foot print and helps you lead a healthier lifestyle.
Homemade foods are linked to healthier minds and bodies. They help us think better, move better, and feel better. Not only are they better for our health, but they are better for the environment. When we have a healthy environment (one that is not polluted with our waste), we can have a healthy life. We need clean water, clean air, and clean food.
Chocolate-Mint Tea Cookie
- 2 Cups Unbleached Flour
- ¼ Cup Unsweetened Cocoa Powder (Fair Trade, Organic)
- ¾ Cup Chopped Nuts (Organic, your choice of nut)
- ¼ Teaspoon Salt
- 1 Cup Unsalted Butter (softened)
- ½ Cup Powdered Sugar (plus extra for rolling cookies and topping)
- 1 Teaspoon Vanilla
- 2 Drops Peppermint Essential Oil
Heat oven to 400˚F
In small bowl, whisk together flour, cocoa powder, nuts, and salt. Set aside.
In medium bowl, stir together butter, powdered sugar, vanilla, and essential oil.
Mix the dry ingredients into the wet slowly. The mixture will become dry and tough to stir.
Once combined, shape dough into 1-inch balls or use a cookie scoop. Place on baking sheet. You can place them close together because they will not spread out.
Bake cookies for 5-6 minutes or until set BUT NOT BROWN! They shouldn’t be dry.
Remove from oven and work quickly to roll each cookie in powdered sugar. Then move to a cooling rack.
Once cooled, sprinkle left over powdered sugar on top of the cookies with a mesh strainer.
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