Healthy eating habits start in the kitchen and the best way to kickstart a healthy lifestyle is to visually stimulate your appetite to crave healthier foods.
The easiest way to do this is to dedicate time to rearrange your kitchen.
Make it more visually appealing by purchasing appliances that will make cooking fun and easy, investing time in cooking, and utilizing tools that will simplify shopping and help you make healthier choices.
1. Get Creative, Get Cookin’
Cooking does not need to be complicated in order to be delicious and satisfying. If you happen to be a perfectionist, you can learn to relax by practicing with ingredients you already have in your home.
You can research recipes and learn to get creative by swapping out ingredients, ultimately building your confidence and comfort in the kitchen.
You’ll begin building a healthy habit of knowing what goes into your food and you’ll become more conscious of the food you put in your body.
It takes a small investment of your time to get into a habit of cooking and once you make it a priority, it becomes an easy routine with huge rewards. When you cook for yourself and your family, you put love into the food and love into your body.
You will soon begin to start feeling better, happier and healthier when you eat at home.
2. Be A Savvy Shopper
When out shopping for groceries, there are a plethora of tools and healthy eating apps that help you make clean food choices, identify preservatives or sugars in packaged foods, and even allergy triggers that can be potentially dangerous.
These apps can also help speed up your grocery store trip, saving time and frustration.
It is also wise to invest in green kitchen cleaning products like those from Seventh Generation and a good fruit and vegetable wash that contains grapefruit oil extract and natural lemon oil. You want to avoid bringing chemicals into your cooking area that could potentially making their way into your food.
Despite what some may think, natural cleaners do kill bacteria and there are other ways to disinfect sponges and kitchen tools without using harsh chemicals.
3. Cook Once, Eat Many More Times
Once you’ve begun feeling comfortable in the kitchen, it’s smart to make larger batches of your meals to refrigerate and eat for breakfast, lunch or dinner the next day.
You can make a pot of quinoa to eat with your dinner on day one, then use it the following day as an oatmeal for breakfast, add it to soup for lunch, and top it with vegetables for dinner.
4. Show Off The Goods
Having the right appliances on hand and easily visible will make your time in the kitchen run much more smoothly. Invest in a high quality blender (like the NutriBullet or Vitamix), juicer, slow cooker, steamer, salad spinner, mesh strainer, vegetable scrub brush and measuring tools to make cooking at home more efficient and enjoyable.
Be sure to store them in an area that is easily visible and accessible, because even small setbacks like having to hunt down the right kitchen tools can hinder the healthy eating crusade.
Another great tip is to create a condiment tray for the table so that guests can personalize every meal. Lazy Susans are perfect for storing different condiments and make it easy to add various spices and flavors from around the world into your meal.
You can even brighten up the tray by swapping out the store packages with glass jars or tin containers.
Remember, it takes time to make a full transition to healthy eating and healthy kitchen.
Be gentle and patient with yourself, and most importantly, have fun in the kitchen!