YOU'LL SAVE $$$: Did you know that the average Aussie family spends almost 15% of their total food budget on takeaways or fast food? Eating at home will help you save your dollars, especially if you make the most of seasonal produce, and avoid putting loads of impulse items in your trolley when you're grocery shopping. Click here for more budget-friendly shopping tips from our experts.
YOU'LL REDUCE YOUR TYPE 2 RISK: Regularly eating home-cooked meals has been linked with reduced weight gain, and a lower risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Win-win!
YOUR PORTIONS WILL BE BALANCED: When you're eating and cooking at home, you can better manage your portion sizes and make sure that you're eating a healthy balance of food. Aim to fill half your plate with non-starch veg and salads (like tomatoes, carrots and leafy greens); a quarter of your plate with low-GI carbs like wholegrains; and the remaining quarter with lean proteins, such as fish, chicken, red meat and tofu. Add in small amounts of healthy fats like extra virgin olive oil, avocado and nuts for flavour and to help you feel full.
YOUR METHODS WILL BE HEALTHIER: By cooking at home, you're able to not only to control WHAT you're cooking but HOW you're cooking it. Get creative and experiment with healthy methods like dry baking and steaming.
YOU'LL SET A GOOD EXAMPLE: Sharing your cooking skills will help others - especially children - to develop healthy habits themselves. What's not to love?!
By Diabetic Living dietitian Lisa Urquhart.