Tuesday, 13 December 2016

January Kitchen Essentials for Healthy Eating

Collaborative post; all opinions and ideas expressed are my own
January 2017 will soon be upon us and for many of us the beginning of a new year involves turning over a new leaf, implementing goals, resolutions or strategies. 

One of the most popular goal is based on lifestyle, for some it may be a 'dry' January, signing up at the gym or changing eating habits.
For us at least last January saw us eating a lot more asian-inspired dishes; lots of quick meals incorporating little ingredients but with maximum flavour, such as stir-fries and teriyaki salmon. I wonder if that will happen in 2017. I will be a new mum again by then, so I will see!

Here is a little list of kitchen essentials which could make your healthier eating plan a lot easier and simpler:

kitchen essentials to make healthier eating simpler

1. My Kitchen Food Dehydrator Lakeland / 2. Joseph Joseph Spoonbase Utensil Rest in Grey Debenhams / 3. Glass food container with lid IKEA /4. Slow-speed juicer Panasonic / 5. Tefal Cook4Me Intelligent Multicooker Argos / 6. simplehuman Compact Sensor Soap Dispenser John Lewis / 7. Cuisipro Set of 6 Snap-fit ice lolly moulds Steamer Trading Cookshop

One way of enjoying fruit could be to dehydrate it, leaving behind a tasty snack which adults and kids can both enjoy. Almost all of my family love fruit, so perhaps cutting discs of fruit into shapes with cutters could convert my picky son into a fruit bat!

Make life a little easier for yourself and clean up as you go whilst cooking; use a spoon rest or stand to avoid getting spills and drips on your counter tops, especially those hard to remove tomato or curry based stains which can get ingrained into work surfaces.

It is always a good idea to cook how much you need so waste is minimal, but in the event of having leftovers, storage in glass containers is generally better than in plastic tupperware. Plus glass storage containers are often microwave and dishwasher safe which is really handy.

Slow-speed juicers eliminate juice separation, which is something I always observed with my inexpensive juicer which suggests that I wasn't benefiting from the complete goodness of the fruit and vegetables. Panasonic juicers are capable of extracting more nutrients than a super high-speed blender and can even create frozen desserts which I know my children would adore.

I own a slowcooker already which whilst basic, can create great meals throughout the course of the day. However, the Tefal Cook4Me is so much more advanced and doesn't take hours. From risottos to currys, it has 50 pre-set recipe functions to choose from, so just prepare the sides of veg and you are good to go!

Let's not forget that January is still winter and horrible lurgies will be afoot especially once everyone returns to work and places of study following some well-needed time off. Make sure hands are washed regularly, especially when you are feeling run-down and particularly when you are preparing food. A sensor soap dispenser means you don't have to even touch the handpump which could be a way of transferring germs.

It may be cold in January but that shouldn't stop desserts being exciting, or rather chilly. Using the juice prepared using a juicer, create some rocket lollies to entice the children. Or even if you have a sore throat, you will be pleased to get some vitamins as well as a soothing treat.

So those are my ideas for kitchen essentials which could make for simpler, healthier eating and living in January 2017. Let me know if you have tried any of them!


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