1. Happy Happy Happy
Cooking the perfect meal is going to bring a smile to your face. You could be in the foulest of moods beforehand, but once you taste your food and see the reactions of your loved ones eating it, your frown will be turned upside-down.
There have been studies which suggest cooking is a therapeutic activity. According to the Like to Cook blog, this is because:
When you cook, you stimulate your senses. The feel of the new flour you bought at the market, the smell of those fresh strawberries, the sound of the whisk beating, all those things can stimulate your senses, which contributes to get more endorphins, those feel good hormones that put a smile on your face.”
As we mentioned at the beginning of this article, cooking will also provide you with a great feeling of accomplishment. By the end of your session you’ll be left very proud of the meal you have made.
2. It’s Healthier
It’s highly likely that the food you create in your kitchen will be much healthier than the processed foods you find in supermarkets. Likewise, you can ensure that it’s lower in calories and more nutritious than the meals served up in restaurants and fast food outlets.
You have complete control over the recipes that you choose to follow and the portion sizes that you serve up. This will lead to a much healthier diet and will reduce the risk of obesity and the medical conditions that come with it. Cooking at home can also boost your mental health. For more information, read our list of the top 6 mental health benefits of cooking.
3. Brings the Family Together
Everybody loves a good homemade meal. It’s important for older people to see their family as much as possible, in order to avoid feeling lonely, and cooking a masterpiece for them is the perfect way to do so.
Cooking can become a family activity too. Perhaps your grandchildren can help with the ingredients or by setting the table. Or maybe they can read out the instructions given to you on the iPad recipe that you’re using.
When the food is ready, and the table is set, everybody comes together to discuss their lives. Food encourages talk and positivity.