I hope everyone had a beautiful holiday season and is just as excited as I am to start a fresh new year. Regardless of what your specific resolution is, whether it’s getting stronger, fitter, losing weight, spending more time with loved ones, managing stress, traveling more, etc.; I think we all can get behind cooking more at home.
The process of cooking and the results it yields is overall healthy- healthy mentally and emotionally by spending more time to relax in the kitchen and share the experience with our loved ones and family. On the other hand, you’re in direct control of what ingredients you choose to use in cooking making this far healthier and nourishing for our bodies than foods we buy pre-made in the stores. So how do you start?
Here are my top 5 tips to setting and keeping this resolution:
1. Get in a routine: set at least 1 day or time during the day where you can 100% dedicate to cooking or planning out your meals. Most of the time it’s the simple act of just visually walking through your schedule to set up a realistic time for you to start and be consistent with cooking at home.
2. Cleaning out the kitchen: Clean out the fridge, your pantry, and even clean the kitchen! This gives you an instant boost of inspiration and desire to spend more time in the kitchen- who wants to spend time in a place of clutter or mess with foods that aren’t going to help you with your goals?
3. Stocking the pantry: Now that you’ve cleaned house, it’s time to stock up and replenish your shelves and fridge with foods that are nourishing. Check out my Pantry page for some of my favorites!
4. Cooking in batches: I’m a huge advocate for batch cooking and teach this technique to ALL my clients and readers. It simple means cooking food in large batches to last you throughout the week and making them into meals. If you need a bit more guidance on what to cook and how, check out my Back to Basics Bundle with a grocery list and guide included.
5. Meal planning: Sit down with your family or yourself and plan out dinners or meals that you’d like to cook from home! Having this organized and hung up in the kitchen can help you stay on track and provide you with a subtle reminder of your resolution to cook more at home!
I hope these simple and approachable tips can help you cook more at home this year. What will help you stick to this resolution? Share below!
McKel Hill, MS, RD, LDN is an internationally known Registered Dietitian, wellness nutritionist and the creator of Nutrition Stripped, a guide to living whole and well. Visit her blog for nourishing recipes, advice on living the whole lifestyle, and for nutrition expertise and advice. The Nutrition Stripped cookbook will be published early 2016.