Sunday, November 20, 2016

Kitchen Essentials for the Healthiest Foodies

Healthy living usually involves a healthy diet full of fresh fruit and vegetables. That doesn’t mean you have to cut out everything else. That wouldn’t be healthy at all. But it does sometimes prevent you from enjoying those delicious indulgences we like to have when we’re out. To take control of the foods you put inside, you might prefer to make everything at home yourself. This can ensure maximum nutritional value, as well as complete calorie control too. But is it boring?

Foodies can relax. There are so many great recipes available now for healthier versions of all your favorite indulgences. Foodies love flavor, texture, and that satisfaction that can come from the eating experience. Diets shouldn’t hinder that or inhibit the kinds of things you eat. After all, if you follow some sensible advice and good recipes, you can still bake yourself a delicious cake (maybe share it though).

So what are the essentials that make up a great kitchen? If you are partial to cakes, then invest in some good cake tins. Baking with fewer fats and more vegetables can make a wetter consistency. Silicon muffin cups can be ideal if you’re baking with courgette or beetroot as a moistener. Of course, if you like to bake whole cakes, a two part tin is essential. Pick ones that can easy clean in the dishwasher.

A good blender means you can combine hundreds of different flavors to make up your own unique soups, smoothies and butters. If you choose a good one, the possibilities are almost endless. If you’re shopping for a blender, read reviews like the Vitamix vs Blendtec review to be sure you can make the kind of dishes you’re looking for. Soup makers can only do part of the chopping or dicing so that a blender could take the chopping off your hands for you.

A slow cooker is every mom’s favorite. It's a great way to prepare healthy meals from scratch without the hassle. It can also save a fortune on your energy bills. The machines use a fraction of the energy that your hob or main oven might. Best of all, meats and vegetables are tender and moist. The flavors are rich, and the ingredients can be almost anything you like. While it is perfect for casserole or stew, you can also make curries, pasta, and fish pots in there.

Do you have food containers that are dishwasher, microwave, and freezer safe? These are essential for the foodies’ kitchen. It means you can batch cook your healthiest meals, freeze the portions, and enjoy later in the week when you’re too busy to cook. They can also be a handy way to gauge portion sizes. Best of all, food will keep fresh in them for weeks. Smaller tubs can be perfect for containing healthy snacks on the go, like nuts, and home-baked crackers.

As foodies love eating their food, it would be a shame to ruin a good meal with having to wash up. Perhaps the most essential kitchen appliance is the dishwasher! Do you have a favorite kitchen gadget or something you cannot live without in your kitchen? Share with me in the comments below!


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