So you’ve decided to turn over a new leaf. You’re determined to take control of your health. The only trouble is you’re overwhelmed and not sure where to start.
Sound familiar? Don’t worry it’s a common problem. But we can help.
There’s an old saying, “you are what you eat.” The reason it’s been around so long is it’s true. Because when it comes to getting, and staying, healthy, the single most important choice you can make is what you eat.
Eat a healthy diet and get a healthy you.
And eating healthy starts with giving up all the overly processed foods that are a mainstay of the typical Western diet. From snack foods to microwave meals, packaged foods are full of preservatives, artificial colors, corn syrup and junk salts.
It’s time to make the switch to healthy home-cooked meals made with fresh ingredients from scratch. And don’t worry, it won’t be nearly as difficult as you might imagine.
The right kitchen tool can make cooking a breeze
But first things first. You need to prepare your healthy kitchen with the proper tools to make home cooking easy and fun.
Before you own a zester, it’s hard to imagine why you’d ever need one. After you own one, it’s hard to figure out how you lived without it.
We’re regularly throwing one of the most flavorful and healthy parts of citrus fruits in the trash: the peel. A zester is a kitchen tool that allows you to remove very small pieces of that peel to use in your cooking.
The peel of oranges, lemons, limes and grapefruit can add a delicious burst of flavor to your meals. But that’s not where the citrus peel benefits end.
Citrus peels are brimming with vitamin C and healthy phytochemicals such as the flavonoids hesperidin and polymethoxyflavones. Experts say these nutrients may help lower blood pressure and cholesterol as well as fight cancer.
Experiment with using citrus zest in your own cooking. It’s delicious in salads, side dishes and desserts. Try mixing fresh zest into salad dressings, dips and even fresh butter. The possibilities are endless.
2. Herb scissors:
Speaking of seasonings, nothing takes a home cooked meal from bland to BAM faster than fresh herbs. They add an extra punch of flavor and nutrition to any healthy dish.
From inflammation fighting fresh basil, to bloat busting parsley, herbs can help transform your meals and your health. But there’s a downside. Working with them can be tedious. That is unless you have the right kitchen tool.
A pair of five-bladed herb scissors makes using fresh herbs in your cooking a breeze. Your meals will pop with flavor, aroma and color with just a few snips. Plus, you don’t have to worry about cross contamination that can happen if you use your regular kitchen shears.
3. Jar opener:
Struggling to open jars when your joints ache can make ordering out seem attractive. Resist the urge. Solving the problem couldn’t be easier. You just need the right kitchen tool.
A jar opener makes removing those stubborn lids a breeze. You can go low tech and get a rubber disk jar opener that loosens lids using friction. Or upgrade to an under the cabinet mounted version. But no matter which one you choose, you’ll wonder why you didn’t buy one sooner.
4. Citrus press:
Fresh squeezed lemon and lime juice is packed with flavor and brimming with nutrients including vitamin C, vitamin A, folate, potassium, phosphorus and calcium.
But squeezing all those lemons and limes can be tedious and messy. Plus it never feels like you get all the juice out of the fruit that you could.
A hand held citrus press is the perfect kitchen tool to tackle the job. You just drop a half a lemon or lime into the round bowl and press. You’ll get every drop out of the fruit with almost zero effort.
5. Rocking knife (ulu):
At the heart of any healthy diet are all the fresh fruits and vegetables. But cutting up all the produce can be exhausting, sending you to the pantry for canned versions instead.
Don’t settle for limp canned veggies and preservative filled fruit from a tin. Just switch to the right kitchen tool instead. A rocking knife, also known as an ulu, makes cutting up fresh produce easy and fast. Plus it’s great for meats, cheese and nuts too.
With an easy to grip handle and a blade designed to smoothly rock back and forth, a traditional Alaskan ulu will become the knife you reach for repeatedly.
6. Anti-fatigue mat:
All those home cooked meals in your future means there’s a whole lot of being on your feet in your future too. And while keeping your own seat out of a seat is healthy, it can start to take a toll on your joints and back.
Nothing will sideline your new commitment to healthy cooking than pain. But with the right kitchen tool, you can stop the pain before it starts. An anti-fatigue mat will help take the pressure off your feet, knees and back, so you can cook without discomfort.
Cooking shouldn’t just be healthy. It should be delicious and fun, too! Enjoy being in the kitchen, with these six kitchen tools you never even knew you needed.