Oh yes, it’s that time of year again when many people make those infamous New Year’s resolutions. The only problem – very few people actually stick to those resolutions. In fact, according to a 2007 study by Richard Wiseman from the University of Bristol who studied 3,000 people showed that 88 percent of people who set New Year’s resolutions fail.

So how can you bust through this stat and make your resolution stick? One thing we’re seeing a great deal of chatter about is cooking more at home. While maybe cooking more at home this year is not one of the typical resolutions, perhaps it’s a resolution that can tackle several other goals that you have on your list.

Most often, people make resolutions to eat healthier, lose weight, save money or carve out more quality time with family amidst an already packed schedule. Cooking more at home may very well be your ticket to succeed in all of these areas.

Undoubtedly home-cooked meals allow you to spend more time with your family – whether making dinner together or sitting down at the table to share a meal. According to a Forbes article, cooking at home also saves money compared to dining out. The article said there may also be nutritional benefits:

Research suggests that people who prepare food at home (versus food prepared outside the home) do eat healthier,” emails Juliana Cohen, a Research Fellow in the Department of Nutrition at the Harvard School of Public Health.  “They consume fewer calories, less saturated fat and sodium, and more fiber and micronutrients per eating occasion.”

We recognize that not everyone is a five star chef and a trip to the grocery store can be confusing with so many options and labels appearing on today’s packages. The great thing - consumers do have options and choices.

Make plans to join our twitter party on Thursday, Jan. 9 at noon CST to discuss food choices, New Year’s resolutions and cooking more at home in 2014. Chris Chinn and Katie Pratt, USFRA Faces of Farming & Ranching, will join the conversation to share their expertise on how they grow and raise food.

To join the tweet chat use #FoodD.