From utensils to appliances -here are my top 10 kitchen must haves!
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Cooking healthy meals can be simple and fun if you have the right kitchen tools. I’ve put together a list of 10 of faves that I think are essential for a healthy chef.
Rather than slaving over a stove for hours, you can throw whatever you are preparing into the crock pot, set it, and go on with your day. Whether it be going to work, wrangling children or just running some errands - you can rest assured you’ll have an amazing home cooked meal waiting for you at dinner time.
2. OLIVE OIL SPRAYER
You will use this EVERYDAY! You can refill it with any oil of choice and it protects you from harmful toxins caused by your standard spray oil packaging. You will also eliminate financial and environmental waste. Win - win!
3. SALAD SPINNER
Make sure your salad is clean a d CRISPY! To prevent your greens from going soggy, you’ll need to dry them and “spinning” them is by far the easiest way to do it.
4. KITCHEN SHEARS
For cutting up a whole chicken , to vegetables, to kid’s pancakes, to stripping herbs and even cutting the stems off of flowers - kitchen shears are one kitchen tool that I can’t live without!
Juicing is a sure fire way to make sure you and your family are getting your daily dose of fruits and veggies. Along with helping you stay healthy - your juicer will save you money by not needing to buy store bought juices.
6. CAST IRON SKILLET
Cast iron skillets have been workhorses in kitchens all over the world for over 2,000 years - and ours still manages to be our most used kitchen pan!
Modern cast iron skillets are made from heavy cast iron and pre-seasoned (so food doesn’t stick); with impressive heat retention abilities these skillets can be used on the stovetop or in the oven. They are extremely durable and should legit last you FOREVER!
7. GREEN LIFE BAKING WARE
From pots and pans to baking sheets - I suggest making the switch to a certified nontoxic brand. Traditional nonstick coatings are manufactured with chemicals that are harmful to you and the environment. When becoming overheated, these nonstick coatings release toxic fumes.
Look for products that have a high heat resistant, which means they won’t chip or peel when overheated the way traditional coatings do.
Whether you are paleo, Whole30, gluten-free, low carb or just want to incorporate more vegetables into your diet - you need a spiralizer.
The spiralizer is awesome because it allows you to take veggies and turn them into pasta - which I love for adding lots of nutritious bulk to a meal.
9. IMMERSION BLENDER
An immersion blender (also known as a stick blender) is used to blend or puree food in the container its is being prepared in.
I use my immersion blender all the time - more than my regular blender! From blending soups and sauces directly in the pot to making smoothies and bullet proof coffee. It’s convenient, easy to store, not hard to clean and reasonably priced!
10. GLASS TUPPERWARE
High quality food storage containers are essential for bringing lunch to work and storing ingredients (or cooked meals) in the refrigerator so they stay fresh for several days. I recommend high quality GLASS Tupperware that are dishwasher, microwave, refrigerator, freezer, and oven safe and are made from environmentally friendly glass (instead of toxic plastic).
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I’m Liz, creator of Fit Mama Workouts. I am a certified personal trainer, group fitness instructor, women’s health and fitness specialist and holistic health coach.
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Do you ever wonder how important it is buy organic produce? Should all the produce you’re buying be organic? Does organic really even mean anything? Is there anyway to do it cost effectively? Let’s break it all down!
You may wonder what is the importance of using the Dirty Dozen & Clean Fifteen?
The answer is, when buying produce items, utilizing the Dirty Dozen and the Clean Fifteen in order to reduce you and your family’s exposure to toxic pesticides
Modern chemical farming uses pesticides that not only deplete the nutritional value of our food, they contaminate it as well. This why it’s important to stay knowledgeable on which produce items you should try to buy organic and which items you can save $$ and shop conventional.
What is the Dirty Dozen??
Environmental Working Group ranks pesticide contamination of 48 popular fruits and vegetables every year and comes out with the Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides, otherwise known as the Dirty Dozen and Clean Fifteen. The Dirty Dozen is a list of twelve produce items that have tested positive for most pesticide residues (and this is after they’ve been cleaned and prepped to eat). These are the items you should try to stick to buying organic. Below they are listed in order of highest toxic residues detected.
2020 Dirty Dozen:
What about the Clean Fifteen?
The Clean Fifteen identifies the non-organic items least likely to be contaminated with pesticide residues. Which means , you can feel better about buying these foods conventional vs. organic as they are tested safest to eat.
2020 Clean Fifteen
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Keeping these lists in mind can be a helpful tool when it comes to meal planning. Hopefully this will give you more incentive to experiment in the kitchen by buying and utilizing seasonal produce. You can also often find organic produce frozen, which allows you to stock up.
It’s also important to know that washing produce will not get rid of pesticides. The toxic pesticides have already been absorbed into the produce. Pesticides are a threat to our health and have been linked to many health effects from respiratory problems to cancer. Remember, knowledge is power, making the Dirty Dozen and Clean Fifteen a great resource for keeping you and your family safe.