New Year’s Resolution: Cooking healthier in your new Schaeffer home!

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We’re serious about promoting a healthy, active lifestyle at our Four Seasons in Cumberland community. From pickleball and tennis to weight-training and swimming, we know our 55-plus homeowners are happier and healthier when they are moving. Cooking for yourself is another way to create a healthier lifestyle. You can control the ingredients, portions and preparation methods when you make your meals at home.

Here are 10 ways you can be a healthier and happier cook in your Schaeffer kitchen:

  1. Be mindful. Make conscious food choices. Pay attention to what – and how – you’re eating. Prepare your food. Taste it. Savor it. Enjoy it.

 

  1. Become an educated eater. Make an effort to learn how to cook and eat healthy. Brush up on healthy foods and recipes. Learn how to plan and create your own healthy meals.

 

  1. Eat more fruits and veggies.Aim for 4 to 13 servings a day, in a range of colors. Add them to soups, stews, omelets, pasta, rice, sauces, etc.

 

  1. Eat less meat. And when you do eat meat, make sure it’s lean. Eat small servings, and make sure the majority of your plate is veggies and whole grains.

 

  1. Keep it simple. Delicious, healthy meals don’t require you to be a world-class chef. Choose good quality ingredients and keep your cooking techniques simple.

 

  1. Learn various cooking techniques. Experiment with stir-fry. Roast vegetables on a sheet pan. Try packets made from parchment or aluminum foil. Even if you’re having salmon every day, you can prepare it differently each time!

 

  1. Make it easier whenever you can.Buy bagged and shredded cabbage and carrots, and pre-chopped greens. Use frozen bags of vegetables (peas, corn, pearl onions) in soups and stews. Keep canned beans on hand to throw into dishes.

 

  1. Make your kitchen fun and functional.Organize your pantry and cabinets so you can find things easily. Keep fresh fruits and veggies on the counter where they’re accessible. Play music when you’re cooking. Clean up when you’re done.

 

  1. Plan meals ahead of time.Wash, cut and peel fruits and veggies for snacks and meals. Batch cook grains, like rice and quinoa. Portion out snacks like nuts and berries. These shortcuts help make sure you eat healthier.

 

  1. Focus on flavor. It’s easier to eat healthy if food tastes good. Flavor your foods with fresh herbs, unique spices or even citrus. Add vegetable or chicken stock to grain dishes. Make your own vinaigrettes for salads, grains or veggie dishes.

 

With tips like these, you’re sure to master healthier living in your home at Four Seasons in Cumberland!

The Schaeffer Family is dedicated to the mission of providing families in New Jersey with quality built, affordably priced new homes for over 60 years. Visit SchaefferFamilyHomes.com or cal 856-208-5118 for more information.

Community Spotlight: Four Seasons in Cumberland

Schaeffer Family Homes is thrilled to throw the spotlight on one of our unique 55-plus communities, Four Seasons in Cumberland, in Millville, NJ! From the private, peaceful and serene setting to the gorgeous clubhouse and fun-loving residents, it will be love at first sight when you come to visit.

One of Four Seasons’ biggest attractions might just be the 5-year tax abatement. Available only at Four Seasons, the abatement means that the property taxes owners pay over 5 years will be significantly lower. Like 50% lower! Combined with a price range that starts under $200,000, Four Seasons is one of the best buys in South Jersey!

The first thing you’ll notice is that Four Seasons is an established community, so everything is up and running. The 7,500 sq. ft. clubhouse includes a fitness center with the latest cardiovascular and weight-training equipment. You’ll catch our residents having a ball, whether they’re playing cards or billiards, or baking in the catering kitchen. Don’t forget to check out the pool, tennis, pickleball and bocce ball courts.

We offer low-maintenance, free standing single-family homes designed specifically for the active adult. You can choose from three floorplans starting at 1,380 square feet. Our homes feature 9-foot first floor ceilings, Frigidaire® appliances, crown molding, and low maintenance vinyl siding. Plus, our homes are NJ Energy Star Certified, with energy-efficient insulation, furnace, windows, and a tankless hot water heater.

Make sure you stop by the Design Studio in West Berlin, New Jersey. It has everything, from lighting fixtures to roofing samples, faucets to counter top selections. Truly a “one stop shop”, it is designed to make the selection process as enjoyable and easy as possible.

Four Seasons in Cumberland is located at 62 Cottage Street in Millville, NJ.

The Schaeffer Family has been building homes in New Jersey for over 70 years, and we’d love to have you experience this unique community for yourself. Contact Christie at 856-208-5118 for more information.

 

               

We are proud to offer new homes that have earned the ENERGY STAR® label. ENERGY STAR qualified new homes are substantially more energy-efficient than homes built to the minimum code requirements. Our ENERGY STAR qualified new homes are independently verified by a third-party Home Energy Rater to ensure they meet ENERGY STAR energy efficiency guidelines. These homes are better for the environment and better for you. Learn more about ENERGY STAR qualified new homes at http://www.energystar.gov/