An outdoor living space is the ultimate bonus room. Not only do you have a ton of flexibility to make it as unique as you want without the confines of a floorplan, but it’s also unlike any other room in the house. Enjoying a cozy, yet functional outdoor space goes without saying, but did you know there are a lot of benefits to cooking and entertaining outside too? With the prime grilling and cookout season upon us, it’s time you found out!
Host without Cleaning Up
The worst part about hosting friends and family: cleaning the house just to have it get dirty again. But outside, a fresh table cloth and some disposable plates and utensils, and you’re good to go! Your backyard already creates the perfect backdrop without requiring all the work from you, while no pots and pans make post-clean up a breeze!
Host a Larger Crowd
Even with a spacious open concept, entertaining indoors can be limiting as to how many people can fit comfortably or the space you need for food. People are less likely to be sitting nearly as much when they’re outside anyway, as they gather around the grill and aren’t worried about carrying around those messier finger foods. So you probably won’t need as many seats anyway!
Grilling is Quick and Healthful
Customizing meals for those picky eaters is so much easier on the grill. You can even ask people to bring their own favorite meat or grilled veggie to throw on. And if you’re limited for time during the week, burgers, veggies and other meats are fast and easy prepared on the grill top. And did we mention, there’s health benefits? You consume less fat because the excess drips off the grates, while grilled vegetables and meats retain more vitamins and minerals. Win, win!
Regular Meals Feel More Special
Eating outside is more stimulating that the usual indoor routine. It can even make a quick bowl of cereal or pb&j for the kids feel more like they’re on vacation. They’ll also be more likely to hang around the table longer or play outside when they’re finished their meals. While preparing dinner becomes more of a social activity, since instead of being holed up in the kitchen, friends and family can chat and social as you grill and can help with side dishes and place setting.
Keep Your House Cool
Turning on the oven during the hottest days of summer is probably the last thing you want to do. And the enduring heat that fills your kitchen afterward is equally as uncomfortable. You’ll spend less on utility bills not only ditching the kitchen appliances, but also not vamping up the AC to keep cool. And the added bonus; no lingering odors either!
There are Health Benefits
Studies suggest that eating outside actually makes food taste better! The fresh air lowers your stress hormones and blood pressure, so you’re more relaxed and even focused. When you’re stressed, you’re not paying attention to what you’re eating and don’t enjoy it as much. Plus, being outside is a natural mood booster. You can also get your necessary dose of Vitamin D with just 10-15 min in the sun a couple of days a week. It’s the perfect excuse to grill out!