Cooking at home can save major calories, and dietitian Julie Upton, MS, RD, of Appetite For Health has rounded up five easy, no-stress dinners that you can have on the table in mere minutes.
There's one simple thing you can do to protect your health — and whittle your waistline. Want a hint? It involves a certain room in your house, keeping things spicy, and it can definitely get a little hot! Of course, I'm talking about the kitchen here (where did you think I was going with that?!) and cooking more of your own meals at home.
Making your own meals improves your overall diet quality and can help whittle your waistline. Restaurant and takeout meals add about 200 calories to your daily diet; contain less fiber and fewer fruits and veggies; and pack in more saturated fat and added sugar than homemade meals, according to studies. Not surprisingly, one study reported that eating two or more meals away from home per week significantly ups your odds of becoming overweight or obese.
As beneficial as home cooking is, many of us don't do it often enough simply because we're so pressed for time. I get it! But don't stress: if you don't have time to cook, you don't have to. I often make no-fuss healthy dinners that are faster than ordering takeout. Don't believe me? Check out these six practically no-cook meals from nutrition pros.