Make Your Resolutions Stick: 3 Resolutions to Keep and 3 to Ditch in 2014 (Page 3)

Cook Dinner at Home

Pictured Recipe: Black Bean Quesadillas

3 Resolutions to Make:

2. Cook Dinner at Home

Eating at restaurants is a treat and getting takeout is convenient, but (most) restaurants are not in business because they make healthy food. According to a recent study published in JAMA Internal Medicine, the average meal at an independent or small chain restaurant contains 1,128 calories, 2,269 milligrams sodium and 16 grams saturated fat. That one meal has more than half the average daily calorie recommendation for most Americans, nearly exceeds the recommended sodium allowance, and contains more than 80 percent of the recommended daily limit for saturated fat. That doesn’t leave much room for the other two meals in the day—and forget about snacks. By cooking at home, you can make healthy versions of your restaurant favorites, but with much healthier levels of calories, saturated fat and sodium. Another bonus: cooking at home means you can limit the amount of processed food you eat and save money.

Related: 10 Secrets to Cooking Healthier

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