Transform your Kitchen for Health
It’s not easy to make a change in your eating habits. It seems like it would be simple: just eat different foods – ones that are good for you. Easy, right? Not so! We hold fast to what we know, that which is familiar and comfortable, and tend to steer away from the unknown. We typically hang on to the “comfort foods” of our childhood, those associated with our past.
Make food preparation and cooking easier and more fun!
I think changing one’s diet is one of the hardest things to do. Often we want to just throw up our hands and go the easy and convenient route with processed and prepared foods. However, if you have what you need on hand to make food preparation and cooking easier and more fun, you will find this endeavor much more enjoyable.
There are some key things I always keep on hand that better my kitchen experience. Here is a list to get you started:
- Sharp knives. A sharp knife makes all the difference in prep work. Have two or three in varying sizes and keep them very sharp. A smaller paring knife, a medium sized knife and a bigger one for larger items should be ample to start with.
- Stainless steel pots (you can buy these second-hand). Have at least three; small, medium and large with lids.
- A cast iron pan or two. The flea market is a good place to find these.
- A good kitchen blender for smoothies, soups and sauces.
- Small jars for herbs, seasonings and oils.
- Two cutting boards. Have one for meats and one for vegetables. They need to be at least 10” by 12” so you have plenty of room to work. I like those made from bamboo.
- Wide mouth Ball jars with lids for dry goods.
- Glass containers with lids for left-overs.
Having these items easily accessible and organized will help make your kitchen more cooking-friendly.
Now that you have the equipment you need, start phasing out the processed and packaged foods in your kitchen and replacing it with whole, unprocessed, real foods. Grains, dried beans and lentils, raw seeds and nuts, meats, fresh vegetables and fruit are all real and whole foods.
Visit your local library, check out a few cookbooks on natural foods cooking and embark on the exciting journey of a healthy whole-foods diet. Make it a family affair. Get the kids involved, and carve out time for cooking together each week. Your health will improve, and you’ll be enjoying more quality time together. You and your family are worth it!