When you live in a household that wants to start eating healthier, it can be difficult to get everyone on board. Especially since there are so many interpretations of what “eating healthier” actually means. For some people, this just means cutting out soda and sweets, while to others it means getting a kitchen scale and carefully measuring every calorie that goes into your body.
While some people are gifted with skills in the kitchen, not everyone has the time or know-how to prepare a meal by themselves. The microwave is a saving grace, as many foods are meant to be prepared through this method nowadays. With this rise of microwave meals has come a slew of amazing mug-based recipes like brownies, cookies, and more!
If you like entertaining guests, you know how hard it can be to keep up with supply and demand. No one will notice if you have enough snacks and drinks around, but they most definitely will if you don’t. This is amplified ten-fold if it’s a party where there are supposed to be spirits out and available. People are always supposed to bring some to add to the pot, but more often than not they’ll just take what you have lying around.
Once you get a taste for fresh food, it’s hard to stomach anything less. You can almost taste the packaging, chemicals added to keep that “freshness” that allows food to stay on the shelf for weeks, and even the consistency is slightly different. If you’ve ever taken a spoonful of fresh ice cream and savored the delightful dairy goodness that comes from that, then you are likely going to enjoy looking for ways to have that sensation more often.
There are some foods that are delicious no matter the time of day. Pizza is so versatile because it covers almost every food group and always tastes amazing, even if it’s a cold leftover in the fridge. Vegetarians, vegans, meat-eaters, and those who have to be gluten-free can all find a safe haven under the umbrella of this delightfully flat meal. How you prepare this doughy-deliciousness will obviously affect the final flavor, and sometimes baking it on a cookie sheet in the oven isn’t going to give you the best results.
If you are feeding more than just yourself at home, prepping homemade meals and keeping on top of natural, healthy snacks can be a cumbersome task. Every small aspect of cutting, peeling, chopping, and slicing adds minutes to your time stuck in the kitchen. For those that work more than they play, those minutes actually mean something to you, and parting with a bit of money to reclaim them is worth it.
When you have a moment to nab a cup of tea, you want it to be a relaxing, bright spot in your day. You don’t want to brew your tea for too little or too much time as you’ll only be left with a sad hot cup of liquid that you don’t want to drink, but also don’t want to throw out. While there are a myriad of apps to act as a timer, some of us like more old-fashioned methods that are a bit more tangible than opening an app.
If you’re a foodie, and understand what that means, then you are most likely forever-hunting new ways to bring your flavor experiences up a level. Whether the menu involves meat or veggies, a nice marinade can make all the difference. The only problem is that it takes forever to get the marinade to do its job. Not everyone has the luxury of prepping a meal 24-hours in advance.
If you’re living in a household with more than one person that you eat meals with, you understand how important it is to do some meal planning. Not having some idea of what you want to eat and forgetting to preemptively buy groceries will make it all too easy to buy takeout. Since we’ve reached a point where takeout is sometimes just as healthy and expensive as buying and preparing groceries, it’s even more dangerous.
It’s funny how little things that bring us joy can be obtained at completely different price points. If you love coffee, you can buy grounds at a local supermarket in a 2 pound bag for less than $10 and be good to go for weeks, or you can spend $15 a day getting your fix at Starbucks. Obviously we would prefer to make our own brew at home, but variances in quality and additions are where we normally have a lack, which is why we turn to brick and mortar coffee shops.