If you went off to university this year then you’ll know how difficult it can be to get motivated to cook for yourself, especially after a long day attending lectures. Coming up with meal ideas and finding recipes for one person can seem like a chore, even if you know how to cook and have the use of a student kitchen at your disposal.
Ordering takeout can seem like an easy option, but if you regularly eat convenience food this is going to take a toll on your physical and mental health, as well as your waistline. This type of food tends to be low in nutrition and high in unhealthy fat, sugar, salt, and calories. Often, for less money and only a little more time, you can create healthier, better tasting meals if you cook them for yourself.
By mastering just a few basic skills, and stocking up on essential store cupboard ingredients, you can prepare food that is cheap and works for you.
Cooking for yourself gives you greater control over what goes in your food which means you can cut down on the additives and calories that are often found in takeouts or convenience food. Improving your diet with simple, healthy home-cooked meals can also help you lower your risk for serious illness, boost your energy and sharpen your mind!
There are also specific benefits to cooking for yourself:
If cooking your own food is a bit daunting why not sign-up to The KC Classroom's online cooking course and learn some basic skills and techniques to enable you to prepare quick and easy recipes from scratch. Alternatively take a look at Mob - a food media platform helping students and young people get more comfortable in the kicthen with their tasty and affordable recipe ideas.