Cooking At Home - A Healthier Alternative

This article was posted on 14 September 2016

Posted in Health Cover


It is no secret that home cooking is better for your health and easier on your pocket. We become so busy in our lives that we don’t always have the time or energy to prepare a home-cooked meal and rather settle for unhealthy alternatives such as take-aways and fast foods.

By cooking your own food, from scratch, at home will not only improve your health and save you money, it has loads of other benefits for you and your family.


Family Time

By getting the whole family involved you get to spend quality time with your loved ones. You can alternate everyday by deciding who gets to choose a dish to prepare thus everyone in the family getting a chance to eat and prepare something that they like. This also encourages your family to have sit-down dinners around the table. If you have younger children in your household, this can also be a great way for them to learn how to eat and live healthy.


More Affordable

Have you ever thought about the extra costs involved in the foods that you buy? The production and manufacturing costs to name but two. You also have to realise that you are not just paying for the ingredients that is in the product and that you’re also paying for the labour involved, among other things.


No need for preservatives and additives

If you are going to be cooking from home you have the advantage of fresh produce. Processed foods make use of preservatives which is one of the main causes of heart diseases, hyper and overactive children and even cancer. The flavours and colourants that are used in foods, processed foods are also bad for your health and is only used to enhance the look and taste of the product, making you want to go back every time.

Nutritional Value

The preservatives and additives added to processed foods to keep it from spoiling is not nutritional at all. Fruits and vegetables lose all the vitamins and nutritional value when they go through production process. By preparing your own food from start to finish ensures that the foods keep their nutrients.


Healthier Eating Habits

Because you are preparing your own food at home, you will become aware and take note of what it is that you prepare and put into the food that you are preparing.



After cooking and eating at home all the time you can sure treat yourself and the family every once in a while to some take-out or fast food as a reward for eating so healthy.


This is a very easy and simple way to ensure that you live healthier. With the summer fast approaching it is the perfect time to start eating healthy. Fresh fruits and vegetables are in season and you shouldn’t have any problem getting started.


Follow this quick and easy-to-prepare recipe and spoil your family with this healthy yet delicious Baked Stuffed Potatoes found on the Pick ‘n Pay website:

Main Ingredients

  • 4 large potatoes, scrubbed well
  • 1.5 cup head broccoli, finely chopped
  • 1 half onion, finely chopped
  • 0.5 cup cheddar cheese, grated
  • salt and black pepper, to taste


  • Preheat oven to 180°C
  • Cook potatoes in boiling water until cooked through, then drain and set aside.
  • Slice a lid lengthways off the potatoes and carefully scoop out the soft centre, making a boat.
  • Add a little salt and pepper and mash potato well.
  • Boil water and cook broccoli until half cooked, then drain and stir broccoli, onion and cheese through the mashed potato.
  • Spoon mixture into potato boats and bake for 25-30 minutes or until cooked through.
  • Serve with gem squash.


Enjoy the healthy, home-cooked meals!

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