I often hear that healthy eating “takes too much time” or “costs to much money,” which, with some planning and forethought, does not have to be the case. You can read my tongue-in-cheek explanation of our extremely high grocery bills for some ideas on how to keep your own costs in line.
At the end of the day, in order to succeed in our careers and be able to enjoy life, we need to be healthy and energetic. Healthy eating looks slightly different for everyone, some people’s bodies are best suited to particular diets like paleo, others (like me) have major sensitivities to seemingly innocuous foods like bananas. In general, though, avoiding processed foods and consuming a solid amount of fruit, vegetables, protein, and healthy fats is what we should all be doing.
Here are some must have kitchen gadgets for healthy eating:
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Good Chef’s Knife
If you have used a good knife before, you will know how much better they are than cheap ones. You can do darn near anything with one, good quality 8″ chef’s knife. They are fantastic, and extremely important when you are slicing and dicing fruit, vegetables and proteins. I think this is something that everyone should get when they move out of home, they are so key to healthy eating, and eating in general.
Wooden Cutting Board
You’re going to need somewhere to use that knife! A solid, end-grain wooden cutting board will last for years and years with proper care. Plus, you won’t be eating micro bits of plastic that work their way off of the cutting board, which is always nice.
Glass Lunch Containers
Taking your lunch with you is key to avoiding boatloads of sodium, additives, and to save a ton of money versus purchasing lunch out. Glass containers won’t leach assorted chemicals into your food, and are safe in the freezer. Plus, they stack nicely in the fridge and freezer. I highly recommend batch cooking lunches, so that you can grab them and go on days where life is getting in the way.
Green smoothies are all the rage. Even if they aren’t your deal, a nutribullet is super useful. Ditch the pre-made sodium-can soups and whip up your own. You can find a Nutribullet on your local used goods site, such as Gumtree, for a good price.
Veggies, veggies, veggies! A nice, sharp vegetable peeler is key for processing copious amounts of vegetables. These need to be replaced every few years as they get dull, which makes everything frustrating. Trust me, I peel pounds of carrots each week and getting a new vegetable peeler every once in awhile is a completely worthwhile investment.
The more accessible you make healthy foods, the easier it is to pick them. Find yourself a bowl that suits your tastes, put it in an easily-accessible location and keep it stock with fruit that you love to eat.
Water Bottle for Infusions
For many of us, it can be tricky to drink eight cups of water. One way to help trick yourself into consuming more is to get a water bottle that infuses water with whatever else you add, like fruit! Strawberry water is delicious and extremely easy to make.
What do you consider your must-have kitchen gadgets for healthy eating?