I get asked a lot about what I eat, and what I recommend others eat. For some reason, there seems to be this stigma that clean eating is hard, expensive and not something that can be done for the long haul. The truth is, it’s quite simple and actually can save you time and money; two things that I think we could all use more of.
In this post I’m listing my favorite kitchen gadgets for a healthy lifestyle. Hopefully they will motivate you to look at eating clean in a new way
Food Steamer- Don’t let the spaceship look of this contraption scare you. It’s actually quite simple to use and has three key points that make it a “must have” in my house.
1.You can cook a whole healthy meal at once. Put everything into this contraption, set the timer for 20-30 min and come back to a complete meal.
2.Steaming retains many of the nutrients lost in boiling. Some studies have shown that boiling vegetables reduces their heart disease and cancer-preventing compounds by as much as 77%. I say, if you’re going to eat your vegetables, you might as well get everything out of them that you can.
3. It’s actually quite affordable- you can find steamers for as little as twenty bucks.
Grill Pan- I know, it’s spring and you can grill outside. But, if it happens to be raining or you don’t feel like firing up the grill, a grill pan can give you the same results. Spray your grill pan with some Pam and you can sear in the flavor and juices of meats and veggies without adding any extra fat or calories.
Plastic Storage Containers or Food Sealer- My biggest secret for eating clean is to cook ahead of time. That simple. Take a Sunday afternoon and cook up your chicken, salmon and veggies and store in containers for the week. This way, you never have to guess about what you’re eating. Think of it as your own version of a Lean Cuisine and I can guarantee you, it’s going to be healthier and cheaper.
These are my top three “must have’s” for my kitchen. Don’t get me wrong, I have many other gadgets that were very close to making the list, but in the spirit of “spring cleaning” these are my bare bones basics that I use all the time. They are not only great for a healthy kitchen but practical, as well.
Hopefully this blog will motivate you to give clean eating a go. After all cleaning up your kitchen while great, lasts only or a short time but cleaning up your diet can have lifelong results.
Yours in Health and Fitness