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The true price of ordering food

We know that ordering food is extremely convenient and will save you a lot of time especially if you are a bachelor, working out of town or have a busy schedule. However, the cost of these meals can really add up to much higher than just cooking them at home. There is no clarity on what you’re eating and you might be consuming harmful additives and more calories than required. As well, the health hazards of eating outside food are notable in these covid times.


When you cook for yourself, you'll learn an essential lifelong skill. Taking a couple of hours at the beginning of the week to prepare your food or making easy recipes on a daily basis are some tips to eat healthy home-cooked food that foster vitality. Life comes through the food.


"Eating a poor quality diet high in processed food is linked to a higher risk of obesity, depression, digestive issues, heart disease and stroke, type 2 diabetes, cancer, and early death. And as you might expect, frequency matters when it comes to the impact of process food on your health." - cited from Christine Brisette, nutritionist.


So the final verdict is it might be alright to have food delivery and takeout apps on your phone and use them occasionally when home cooking is out of the question but making a habit out of this is probably a pay-pay proposition - pay more now and pay later. The true price of ordering food may show up in your health down the road. Not to mention that what we eat and drink can affect our body’s ability to prevent, fight and recover from infections.


There's no time like the present to carry out good food choices; choices that may boost your mood and immunity. These 5 tips make cooking at home feasible:


1 - Make the time: Groceries don't magically show up in your kitchen and cook themselves. Pick a day each week to shop and wash and cut up vegetables before they go in the fridge and make a couple of Qspice salad dressings. Pick another day to cook up some basics like Qspiced chicken breasts and pork tenderloins and steamed rice and quinoa to have on hand all week for putting together quick, healthy meals.


2 - Create a list of staples: Come up with a list of items you regularly use - like spinach,

hemp hearts, chia seeds and frozen blueberries for your breakfast shake or Qspice and olive oil for nearly everything - making sure your supplies are steadily available.


3- Write out a plan: A menu is the key to meal planning. Actually plot out what you

want to eat each meal of the upcoming week. Think about what you have in the freezer and how you can incorporate the same ingredients into various dishes. Think holistically from the get-go and you'll get a lot of mileage out of one ingredient.


4 - Find good one-pot dishes: You don't have to cook every night. Stew, lasagne,

pasta sauce, chili, curry, casseroles or stoup can be everything in a single item

- fat, protein and carbs. Eat the meal once then portion leftovers for another

lunch or dinner that week and/or freezer meals.


5 - Cook extra food: Don't be afraid to make batches of food. If you spend one night making yourself a large pan of chicken vegetable enchiladas, you can eat for a week. And if you don’t want to eat the same thing for each dinner, freeze portions and alternate meals with the frozen stew from last week or the lasagna you plan to make a few days later. If you plan your meals right, you can use the same ingredients in several different dishes. That rice might go great as a side for your pork chop one day, be perfect for your lunch salad the next day, and be excellent topped with the curry you’ve pulled out of your freezer the day after.


With Qspice you can start cooking simple, quality meals at home that taste like restaurant food for less. Qspice is formulated for the perfect taste experience on all foods. Meat, fish, vegetables, grains, soups, sauces or salads, it doesn’t matter. Visit the cookery online for a spectrum of easy to more involved recipes and follow us on instagram and facebook for cooking stories and tips.


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