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Convenient Food Vs Freshly Prepared Healthy Food

By: Arrow

Have you ever been in the situation where you come home late from the office, and cooking something healthy is the last thing on your mind? After a long tiring day, cooking can be a real chore. So, you take out frozen pizza, and after few more steps, you are ready to eat your food for the night. Chances are you’ll never prefer freshly prepared healthy food over convenient food. Processed foods are becoming more and more popular because they are convenient and quick to make. But are these convenient foods really healthier, better, and cheap alternatives to freshly prepared food? Let’s delve into the pros and cons of convenient food and healthy prepared food.

Time Consumption

The more complicated the recipe of healthy food, the more convenient the processed food is. For example, a simple pasta can be quick to make, while a meat dish will take longer. But if you precook some of the food and then freeze it, you ‘ll always have a healthy and delicious meal on the table. So, you can have a combination of both i.e.  frozen fish with precut vegetable to have a nutritious food that you can make quickly in no time. Instead of buying frozen foods, set aside some time on weekends to create a healthy portion of homemade meals and freeze them for an entire week. Although it is frozen, but at least, it’s homemade and healthy.

Taste

It is quite challenging to cook a top-notch meal using fresh ingredients. But there are thousands of different ways to cook each ingredient and can be adjusted according to your own taste. In comparison, instant and processed foods like soups don’t even come close to natural taste. They have taste enhancers and artificial aromas in them. Therefore, processed foods are not a healthy choice. Fortunately, we always have an option for real taste in the form of fresh food. 

Price 

For large families, you can cook relatively inexpensive food with healthy and fresh food. In contrast, processed food for the family can be very expensive. However, for single people who don’t want to buy all ingredients to cook food or precook some food, processed food can be an inexpensive option. So, both fresh, healthy food and convenient food score the same points for price.

Health

The ingredients present in convenient foods lose their nutritious value when they are continuously heated and preserved in several processing stages. Many minerals, vitamins and enzymes are added artificially; but they don’t add any nutritional value to convenient food. Convenient food regularly consumed over time can harm a person’s health that can cause serious health issues like heart disease, diabetes, and obesity. 

Feeling 

Cooking itself is a very relaxing and creative activity. And it’s fun too. It involves planning and strategizing to achieve the desired results. All the effort is worth your time. Cooking from scratch, choosing from a range of ingredients, dicing, and slicing healthy vegetable tasting, refining, tasting again and then finally sitting down to enjoy your prepared meal. The feeling associated with that can’t be matched by any convenient food.

Calories

Fat is added to the processed foods to enhance the flavor. Also, most convenient foods contain a lot of sugar and salt. In comparison, organic foods are less heavily processed. With the help of fresh food, you can control how much sugar, salt, and fat you want to add in your meal. For instance, make your juice from fresh vegetables and fruits with a juicer or squeezer instead of buying processed juices from market. That will provide nutrients to your body and boost your energy levels that can help you navigate the day.

Who Wins the Race?

By assessing the pros and cons mentioned above, it is clear that healthy prepared food is much better than convenient food. Your health should be your priority. It’s better to eat healthy today, to protect yourself from future hospital bills. But that doesn’t mean you simply have to boycott processed food. You can have convenient food once or twice a month but not more than that. Focus on eating freshly prepared food for a healthy and productive life.

Remember Health is Wealth…

Cliche as it may sound, health is no doubt the most treasured wealth. With it, anything is possible. And without it, you cannot achieve what you set out to do. According to Mahatma Gandhi, It is health that is real wealth and not pieces of gold and silver.” Good health is the genuine way to upbeat our lives. It enables us to perform at our best to fulfil our goals in this life.

Convenient food include unhealthy levels of fat, sodium, and sugar. Too much consumption of these ingredients can lead to serious health issues like obesity, high blood pressure, diabetes, and heart diseases. With these diseases on your side, you miss out a lot in your life. You spend more than half of your life savings and time on paying hospital bills and remaining in taking medications. In contrast, making the healthy choices about food can boost your energy levels, that can leave you feeling happy and improve your overall health.

With little thought, planning and effort, you can make your eating options more healthy and wholesome. From a Financial Nomad perspective, having the ability to live an ongoing journey has given me the most exemplary time to live life to the fullest. 

4 Responses

  1. I think that a good mix of healthy food and convenient food would work better. At least, it does in my case. I try to stay on top of things and eat 3-4 meals a day. One of those is made up of 1-2 fruits or veggies. I usually have a pear and a banana, some pineapple, apples, etc. I try to only eat fast food or convenient food for 2-3 meals a week. If I really feel like eating some fast food I will just get it but I also try to stay in control and not go overboard.

    1. Hi Abigail,

      I am completely in sync with your comment. I feel the urge to eat fast food consistently but, in reality, I also comply with a mix of both vegetables and convenience. Something for ultra-convenience I blend them in a juicer and have both convenience and shake preference. Feel free to add some tips in your comments. We know how important a balanced diet can be.

    2. This is what I am trying as well. I know that convenient food has a lot of calories that are empty. So it’s not just about the number of calories (and this is where many people make mistakes) it’s about the quality of those calories and where they come from. I aim to eat at least 1 fresh veggie and 1 fresh fruit every single day. I also try eating homemade food at least once daily. I have convenient food in my fridge for those moments when I just can’t find the time to cook. I also eat fast food from time to time. I think that our bodies need a bit of this as well, even if it’s not as healthy.

  2. When I wake up, the first thing I do is drink a big glass of water. Why? Because the body has been without water for 7-8 hours and it desperately needs it. You might be fooled into thinking you are hungry but what you need is actually water in the morning. I sometimes eat breakfast and other times I fast until 2PM (I do things more and more this way, recently). I actually always have more energy when I eat later in the day. For me, it’s not just about what you eat which is super important but also about when you eat. I try drinking at least 8-10 glasses of water daily.

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