Thursday, January 23, 2014

Happy New Year from Gardner Village!

Okay, so we're twenty-three days into the New Year but we still want to wish you a Happy New Year!
How's everything going so far? Busy as usual? Did you make some New Year's Resolutions? Did one of your resolutions have to do with having a healthier lifestyle? You're in luck because today we're going to share with you some healthy home cooking tips on behalf of Taste Culinary Boutique

According to a study from Emory University, less than a third of American families eat meals together more than twice a week and only 30 percent of their meals are eaten at home. Life gets so busy and it's sad to think that we don't have time to just sit down with the family. Maybe that should be our New Year's have dinner as a family more often. Anyway, considering the health and obesity issues that we've got in our country, maybe the ideal place to start changing is right in the home. I'm sure you've heard that before and I'm sure you've thought that it's harder than it sounds...and it is. But with these tips, it doesn't have to be!
  1. Plan ahead! It does take some effort but it is soo worth it because it saves you time and money later on. Plan your meals out a week at a time; write out all the ingredients that you need to buy and have the recipes picked out so when the time comes that someone asks "What's for dinner?" you're not stressing over what you can whip up. Not only that, but when you've planned out your meals and you've got your ingredients all bought, you're less likely to spend money on eating out.  Planning ahead can alleviate stress, save money and time every day. 
  2. Stock up on fruits and vegetables! These are a great alternative to chips and cookies plus they make a great snack to take on-the-go. When you don't have time to stop and make a salad, keep a vegetable tray on the fridge--it's already prepared, plus it adds options at the dinner table.
  3. Use healthy substitutions for salt such as low sodium chicken or vegetable broth. Instead of reaching for the butter, why not try a squeeze of lemon juice or using olive oil? These alternatives add flavor while keeping your foods healthy. I know it may take some getting used to, but the sooner you start, the sooner you can train your palate to get used to the taste of healthy.
  4. Simplify your cooking by using a crock pot, steamer or rice cooker. These are all kitchen appliances that make cooking easier. A crock pot is perfect for those who are busy all day and just want to come home to a nice cooked meal. Besides, when's the last time you used yours? There are tons of recipes online and on Pinterest that are delicious, so why not save time, enjoy a home cooked meal and spend more time with your family. 
  5. If all this sounds good to you but you're not confident in your cooking skills, that's okay! We're not all chefs and we'll have some hiccups every now and then. But keep at it! You'll get better! Try out a local cooking class and they can teach you how to go from beginner to pro. By attending a class you'll not only turn into a chef, but you'll receive inspiration to add variety to your meals.  
You've heard our five tips, what tips do you have to have a healthy lifestyle? Let us know in the comments below!
P.S. For those of you in the Salt Lake/Utah County area, Taste Culinary Boutique offers so many amazing and delicious cooking classes! Check them out here for classes and more details!