Month: May 2021

Advantages or ordering healthy take-out versus cooking at home

Nothing can beat the quality and flavor or a good homecooked meal. But how about having healthy take-outs? Doesn’t it sound great? In our busy lives, most of us who have jobs do not have enough time to prepare our favorite meals because we often feel exhausted when we arrive home after a long day’s work and simply do not have the energy or patience to cook. Thus, we turn to alternative methods of feeding ourselves. But is ordering take out ok? This is the most common question among people.

Yes, ordering healthy take-out can be healthy depending on which meal-prep company we select our food from. For instance, it is obvious that we would not be doing our bodies justice by ordering greasy burgers, French fries, poutine, or deep-fried Chinese menu items that have lots of monosodium glutamate such as sweet & sour pork, spring rolls or salty or excessively seasoned stir fries. However, if we order from a caterer whose mandate is to supply meals which are lower in sodium, oil, and calories, then we are making a smarter choice.

The safest way in which we can make wiser and well-informed selections about what we are putting into our bodies, is to make inquiries about the food quality, ingredients, and nutritional value of the menu items of the company we want to order from. It is always good to check the website of the restaurant, read their mission statement and understand their cooking philosophy. Aside from convenience, what other benefits would we gain ordering food from a catering company that supplies healthy meals?

In modern day life, time is one of the most precious and valuable commodities that exists. Most of us do not spend as much quality time with our friends and loved ones as much as we would like to simply because we are too busy running errands, driving our children to after-school classes, and devoting time and energy to the companies we work for. Some of us that hold demanding, professional careers, and are practically “married” to our jobs because we spend long hours at the office. If we have healthy meals catered to us when we have guests or visiting relatives on weekends, we can spend quality time with them instead of slaving away in the kitchen.

Our visitors are here to see us when they come over, thus by shutting ourselves away in our home kitchens, we cannot socialize with them, which defeats the whole purpose of having a gathering or reunion. Thus, if we source the meals that we share with our guests from elsewhere, we can relax and enjoy our visitors’ company. Again, the food that we order need not be bland or unhealthy. It all depends on how much research we do about the companies which are supplying meals to us, how the meals are prepared and what ingredients and seasonings they contain.

 

Nutritional benefits of consuming less sugar and salt

Our health depends on our eating habits. We have always heard that “Health is Wealth” but only a few of us understand the meaning of this proverb. Our modern lifestyles keep us occupied and leave us with little or not time to pay attention to what we eat to take care of preparing meals. We often eat a random meals here and there to fill our stomachs on the go without thinking about the long-term consequences of our hasty meal choices. Also, some of us who are nurses and police officers work long shifts and do not have time to schedule meals at regular intervals. We may skip breakfast on the way to work or grab a quick coffee and egg Mc Muffin at a McDonalds drive-thru because it is convenient. Sometimes we may think we are eating healthy items because they don’t taste too salty of sweet without actually knowing the detailed nutritional analysis and the nitty-gritties of what we’re eating and what it is doing to our bodies.

Hidden salt and sugar in processed food

Most of us who are busy do not stop and read nutrition labels and assume that whatever we are consuming does not have too much sugar and too much salt because it doesn’t taste too sweet or salty. However, we underestimate the amount of these harmful additives our foods contain because their hidden flavors have been masked by other ingredients in their manufacturing process. Salt acts as a preservative and is thus contained is many canned foods such as canned vegetables, crackers, preserved meats, and deli salads. Many sweet and savory manufactured food items such as pretzels, soft drinks, and fruit yogurts also contain a fair amount of sugar. Someone might think that they are making a healthy food choice by selecting a strawberry yogurt from the dairy shelf of a grocery story because it contains fruit and calcium; however, they do not realize how many grams of sugar the strawberry preserve component of the yogurt has. Thus, people who do not read food labels carefully might be deluding themselves about that fact that they are eating well.

Benefits of cutting down on salt and sugar

A significant reduction our salt and sugar intake will benefit us tremendously in the long run. For one thing, we if select the food we consume carefully, we might lose weight. Sugar contains a lot of calories and an excessive consumption of it over a long period of time might lead us to developing diabetes or blood sugar imbalances and weight gain. Sodium, an additive that brings out the flavor of other ingredients, has been known to cause the inflammation of arteries which is why individuals who suffer from high blood pressure are asked to reduce their intake of salt. On the flip side, salt and sugar give our food a lot of flavor so if we cut them out of our diets or take in smaller quantities, our food might not taste good so what flavor enhancers do we add to our food instead?

Alternatives to salt and sugar

Lemon juice, garlic, and spices such as black pepper, paprika, coriander, and nutritional yeast can be used instead of salt to add a lot of flavor to food. In addition to improving the taste of our dishes, certain ingredients such as ginger and balsamic vinegar also have healthful properties. Ginger and balsamic vinegar lower blood sugar and cholesterol levels and treat hypertension. Both honey, agave syrup, and natural fruit juice can be used as healthier sweetening alternatives instead of refined sugar.