That’s it, you’ve decided it: “I want to start eating healthy or healthier”. So, of course, you go on google and start looking for recipes and cooking ideas. You find tons of beautiful and inspiring recipes and pretty soon you see that people use the vitamix, juicers, dehydrators, and many other expensive equipment. Does this mean that you won’t be able to make your way to health unless you have a big fat wallet? Definitely not! Here I share with you three basic kitchen utensils that can take care of more than you think and that will aid you in creating a healthier and happier lifestyle.
1. Mini blender (around 25 euros on Amazon)
A blender is a great add on to your kitchen. It will allow you to make smoothies in the morning, nice cream when you are craving sugar, mixing soups for meals, or making hummus, guacamole or even nut butters. A very recommendable practice is to incorporate leafy green into your morning smoothie (specially if it is a chocolate one-you won’t even taste it-promise!). Also, it will allow you to make certain meals at home (such as hummus or guacamole) so you know exactly what goes into your body and you can adjust the amount of salt and oil. One of my favorite things to prepare are smoothie bowls for breakfast, so delicious!
Although they now sell zoodles (zucchini noodles) in most supermarkets, it’s always better if you can make them yourself. It takes just a few minutes, you are sure that the produce is fresh, and on the long run it is a more economic solution. Regarding substituting zoodles for normal pasta, if I’m totally honest with you, the best thing about pasta is the sauce you put on it anyway, so why not substitute a processed grain for fresh veggies? Personally, I love eating zoodles with an avocado based pesto (you can check out the recipe clicking this link) for which you can use your mini blender. Of course, if you really love pasta you don’t have to completely trade your spaghettis for zoodles, but you can create a mix of both and add more vegetables into your plate.
3. Mason jars or Tupper wares
Yes, I know, it is super simple and easy. If you can store your food in glass, it is much better than in plastic. Why are these elements important? They allow you to prep healthy meals for the week, so they are packed and ready to eat whenever you are hungry. This way you will make healthier choices throughout your day since good options are easily available. I recommend creating meal prep guideline for the week before you go grocery shopping and then cooking foods not much more than 2-3 days ahead. An excellent idea for summer are “salads in a jar”, they are not only handy but also look quite beautiful, so you’ll be drawn to eat them. Pinterest (of course!) has tons of “salad in a jar” ideas. Just place the dressing at the bottom, then the hard veggies, followed by softer veggies, grains, nuts or other toppings and then your greens (this way you ensure everything is crisp) and you are ready to go!
I hope these utensils motivate you and aid in adding variety and innovation into your cooking; and most importantly, that you have fun with your food! You can find tons of inspiration online and you will be able to do most recipes out there with these three items. I find that when meals are beautiful and are nicely presented they don’t just nourish your body, but they also feed your heart and soul.
Love yourself, love your body.
Written by Irene.