Did you know?
Americans spend about $1,000/year eating out for lunch. (forbes.com)
8 out of 10 Americans eat out at least once a month (gallup.com)
44% of Americans eat out at least once a week (statisticbrain.com)
2 out of 5 people say eating out at restaurants is an essential part of their lifestyle (restaurant.org)
There are 990,000 restaurants in the United States (restaurant.org)
When eating out, people tend to eat more unhealthy foods (csrees.usda.gov)
Cheese fries as an appetizer from Outback have 3,000 calories and 90 grams of saturated fat, the maximum amount a person should consume in four days. (abcnews.com)
I don’t know about you, but I found these numbers a little surprising and disgusting (I’m talking to you, Outback fries).
Why eat in?
1. Save money! Eating out just costs more than cooking at home. Plain and simple.
2. If you cook the food, you know what’s in it. We try hard to avoid trans fats, hydrogenated junk, and high-fructose corn-syrup at home, but all bets are off when ordering out.
3. There’s less temptation for eating high-fat foods. I don’t know about you, but when I go out, I don’t want to spend $12 on a salad. I want something extremely delicious that I probably wouldn’t make at home. Translation: Chocolate Mousse Cheesecake.
4. You can spend more time together as a family. Everyone is able to be involved in the shopping/cooking/cleaning and has a chance to talk about their day, theoretically, at least. With a preschooler and toddler, I might get to say one or two things before a fork gets flung across the table. . .
So, for the month of May we’re eating in. It’s going to take some more planning and cooking, but I think it’ll be worth it.
Who wants to join us for Eat-In May?