2015 New Year’s resolutions: the mid-year update

Last week, we remarked about being 1/3 of the way finished with summer. Then, it dawned on us: this entire year is halfway over. Wow.

Thinking back to the beginning of the year, what were your New Year’s resolutions for 2015?

With just five and a half months left of 2015, how are you coming along with those resolutions?

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With just five and a half months left of 2015, how are you coming along with those resolutions?

This week, we thought we’d share one of our 2015 resolutions and some ideas of easy ways to keep the self-improvement momentum going.

Resolved: to eat more healthily in 2015.

Want to be more healthy?  Cook at home.

Heirloom_applesNo, really. This study, by researchers in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, found that households that reported frequently cooking dinner at home consumed “significantly fewer” calories and ate better than those who relied more heavily on restaurant meals and frozen foods.

It’s not about dieting: it’s about eating well. Interesting thing is, whether or not people were cooking at home in order to lose weight, the quality of those folks’ diets improved when they elected to make dinner from scratch vs eating out or eating ready-made entrees.  Compared to respondents who only cooked at home a few times a week, those in the “frequent-cooking” category also ate more fiber and “good fats,” and ingested fewer trans-fats, sugars, and carbohydrates.

Don’t try this at home. Say you’re interested in upping your cooked-at-home habit. Where do you start (especially if you’re not an experienced or really enthusiastic cook)?

Our advice is to take on the task of increased homemade meal-making in bite-sized pieces (so to speak :).

Rosemary Chocolate Chip Cookies

Rosemary Chocolate Chip Cookies

1.   Look through the AllSpice recipe database for favorite dishes you’d like to learn to make at home.
2.   Browse this list of AllSpice recipes tagged “easy.”
3.   Keep an eye on the SpicyBytes newsletter: we serve two kinds of samples every Saturday, themed around a single ingredient or around a more general theme (like Super Bowl appetizers, or summertime grilling), and you can get great new ideas (and recipes) in the weekly Saturday Samplers column.
4.   Ask an AllSpicer! If you’re looking for advice, ideas, information, or encouragement about cooking, we’d love to help you with your quest.

Call us at the shop: 515-868-0808,
email us (info@allspiceOnline.com),
send us a Facebook message
or – best yet – stop in the store.

 

those in the high-cooking category consumed significantly more fiber, fewer carbohydrates, and less sugar. – See more at: http://civileats.com/2014/11/17/toss-those-take-out-menus-new-study-says-cooking-makes-us-healthier/#sthash.AAJ6hwGc.dpuf
those in the high-cooking category consumed significantly more fiber, fewer carbohydrates, and less sugar. – See more at: http://civileats.com/2014/11/17/toss-those-take-out-menus-new-study-says-cooking-makes-us-healthier/#sthash.AAJ6hwGc.dpuf
“This is likely due to the relatively lower energy, fat, and sugar contents in foods cooked at home compared with convenience foods or foods consumed away from home,” – See more at: http://civileats.com/2014/11/17/toss-those-take-out-menus-new-study-says-cooking-makes-us-healthier/#sthash.AAJ6hwGc.dpuf
“This is likely due to the relatively lower energy, fat, and sugar contents in foods cooked at home compared with convenience foods or foods consumed away from home,” – See more at: http://civileats.com/2014/11/17/toss-those-take-out-menus-new-study-says-cooking-makes-us-healthier/#sthash.AAJ6hwGc.dpuf
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