Our kitchen makeover is almost over!!! We can’t wait to share our journey with you. It has been an amazing experience and one that I wasn’t sure I would enjoy. But surprisingly not as painful as I thought it would be (of course, except the entire contents of the pantry in the living room, yikes). Going through a physical kitchen makeover got me thinking today – what are the best steps to take to have a healthy kitchen makeover? What are the best kitchen tools for healthy eating? We all know that weight loss happens in the kitchen, and it’s critical to stock on the healthiest options so nosh on, so that you don’t have temptation, but what are the best tools to help you get there? I was recently turned on to The Chalene Show, an amazing podcast by Chalene Johnson which tackles tips on how to get energized, fit, improve your nutrition, balance, organization, faith, relationships and happiness. One of her recent podcasts was all about a Skinny Kitchen Makeover, where she addresses how refresh your kitchen for better health. It sparked me to write this blog, as we have been subscribing to many of her ideas for a while. If you have a healthier kitchen with the right tools, you will have no choice but to live and raise a healthier family. While we have shared some of our ideas and favorite tools in the past, we have made some updates and added a few must-haves to our new and improved, healthier kitchen!
Kitchen Tools for Healthy Eating
- A good blender. We love our Blendtec. Yes, it is a major investment, but if you really want to get healthier, you will use your blender everyday (if not twice a day) for healthy meals for the entire family. Smoothies are a no brainer, especially when you can sneak 1-2 servings of vegetables in your breakfast or lunch smoothie. But what about homemade salsa or soups. Our blender makes dinner time a breeze.
- A good knife. Ok, so we recently splurged on a serious knife. Most of you may laugh at what we spent. But if you want to truly enjoy cooking, it means that you need to hone your knife skills. And the only way to enjoy meal prep is to get a good knife and KEEP IT SHARP (I can hear Nate now – every time you use that knife, you need to hone it).
- Measuring Cups/Spoons. If you are serious about weight loss, you have to measure your intake. No more reaching in the bag of chips and inhaling a handful. If you don’t measure it, you have no way of knowing how many calories you consumed. Using measuring cups and spoons for everything makes a huge difference. Take it from this 1st generation Indian who great up eating mountains of white rice at every meal. Now I limit myself to 1/2 cup of brown rice. Brown rice in moderation is an excellent carbohydrate with beans or legumes to provide a complete protein for any vegetarian.
- A multi cooker. Some may call it an instant pot. This was a new addition to our kitchen and has become a serious go to appliance everyday. It was especially helpful these last 3 weeks when we didn’t have a cooktop. It is perfect for entire meals, like stir fry or stews, or even for morning oatmeal. I think one day, my mother used it 6 times for multiple meals for the kids! And it is amazing for meal prep. Rice, quinoa, risotto, beans, lentils – everything cooks in less than 1/2 the time. Seriously, get one. We have the Fagor Multi Cooker and it has a permanent spot on the kitchen counter.
- Snack bags. They are inexpensive and they are probably the most important item to have on hand for portion control. Lately, I have been obsessed with nuts, especially almonds and pistachios. And while they are offer incredibly healthy fats, too much can be a good thing when it comes to calorie consumption. Last week, I didn’t use portion out my almonds into snack baggies and instead grabbed the entire bag to keep in the car with me. Not surprisingly, I polished off the entire bag in 3 days. That’s way more than I should be consuming. No wonder the weight has been sticking around…ugh. And in an effort to use less plastic, we even purchased the reZip Reusable Snack Bags and we loved them.
- A good water bottle. This makes such a difference. Staying hydrated is the key to health from the inside out. It will help you stay regular, lose weight and have glowing skin among other things. So invest in a high-end insulated water bottle. You will drink more water if you are happy with your new water bottle. We recently picked up a few Hydroflask bottles for the entire family. They help us stay on track with our water consumption everyday. Even the kids love them!
So, with school about to start, I think it is the prefect time to refresh and start new for you and your entire family. Let’s kick off some new healthy habits that we can all stay committed to and change our lifestyle, before the dreaded holidays take hold. Try a few of these great kitchen tools for healthy eating, and see if it makes a difference. All that Halloween candy is right around the corner, and it takes 21 days to create a habit. Let’s get it done before those little monsters take over the pantry with too many treats!
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