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Cook more

Take This Action Commit to this action for yourself to help overcome the obesity epidemic.

An increase in the number of working parents and an explosion of easy-to-prepare convenience foods have led to less time being devoted to cooking meals. However, cooking is a great way to make foods more nutritious, save money, and spend time with family and friends.

Take Small Steps to Increase Your Frequency of Cooking

  • Start by trying to cook just one more meal at home each week. Once you've got that down, add another.
  • Make and freeze large batches of pasta sauce, soups, chili, stocks, etc. to have ready for nights when you're short on time.
  • Invest in reusable containers to take advantage of leftovers and to make transporting your own food easier.
  • Share favorite recipes with friends and colleagues and try doing an internet search that begins with the ingredients you want to use.
  • Get your kids to help with things like stirring, adding vegetables to a pot, and making salad. This can make kids more willing to try new foods.
  • Try searching the internet for a "how to" video for help with how to use or prepare unfamiliar foods.
  • There's no need to be a gourmet chef. Sharpen your cooking skills - lots of delicious and healthy meals can be prepared quickly and with only a few ingredients.
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The information included on this site is for educational purposes only. It is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice.

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