Healthy eating takes the right environment to cook food in! With these tips you can outfit your kitchen the healthy way and make it the prime place for preparing wholesome meals.
Thanks to PUR® Advanced Faucet for sponsoring this conversation!
Healthy eating is certain kind of lifestyle. It takes more than just buying healthy foods or making plans to cook from scratch. You have to physically set up your environment to accomplish your wellness goals.
Just like with with any lifestyle choice, your mind and body need external cues to help guide you in the right direction. Whether it’s sleeping in your gym clothes to get to the gym in the morning or leaving your journal on your nightstand so that you remember to write each night, our environments make a big difference in our actions.
It only makes sense that the set-up of our kitchen could help or hinder our healthy eating habits. Today I’m sharing my 5 go-to tips for building a healthy & happy kitchen in your own home! 🙂
Pile on the produce
Having fresh fruits and vegetables in your house at all times makes you more likely to reach for those foods as snack and meal ingredients daily! Even if you don’t buy fresh, frozen veggies and canned options (no salt or sugar added) can be convenient and just as nutritious. Try and prep fruits and vegetables on the weekends for easy grab-n-g0 snacks and cooking ingredients all week long.
Organize the pantry
A neat and orderly pantry/fridge, where you can find everything easily and see exactly what you have, sets you up to cook healthy options. Put healthy ingredients front and center and at eye level so you are more likely to choose those foods to prepare. People act on visual cues…you have to SEE what you have in your pantry in order to use it! Better yet, keep unhealthy foods out of your cabinet all together (or for the most part). If you don’t buy junk, you can’t cook with junk! 🙂
Stock up on spices
Skip the pre-made dressings, marinades, and sauces! Stock your kitchen with fresh herbs and dried spices to flavor your food naturally and healthily. Spices and herbs have negligible calories, are full of vitamins and minerals, and add tons of taste to food that may otherwise taste bland on it’s own. Plus, herbs and spices are only made of exactly what they are from the earth! No ‘franken’ ingredients or weird additives in sight. Less salt and butter is needed when you have fresh, flavorful spices on hand!
Appreciate your appliances
Don’t hide your fancy kitchen equipment under the counters or in closets! Keep your juicer, crockpot, and other cooking gadgets where they can be seen and used frequently. You’ll actually MAKE that juice or slow-cooked chicken and veggie meal if you don’t have to dig thru cabinets to get out your appliances.
Cook with CLEAN water
Did you know that the tap water you’re probably cooking with is not as clean or safe to use as you’d think? That’s why I always use filtered water with the PUR® Advanced Faucet attachment on my sink nozzle. PUR is the only product certified to reduce over 70 contaminants, including 99 percent of lead, 96 percent of mercury and 92 percent of certain pesticides. Yup, all of that nasty stuff is in your COOKING WATER! I recently got mine and have been loving it. My fruits and veggies are cleaner upon washing, my meals more easily and efficiently (chlorinated water can affect cooking times and food color!), and my food tastes a whole lot better too. My food not only TASTES better but I really have peace of mind that I am not getting as many toxins or contaminants that regular tap water can harbor. I don’t think I could ever go back to cooking with unfiltered water after experiencing the benefits of the PUR® Advanced Faucet Filter.
Looking for some more tips on how to build a healthy kitchen? Here are some insights from the best (and most health conscious!) food bloggers from around the web!
Keep it clean and organized! Do dishes as often as you can, and a quick wipe down of the counter and oven each night. I find if I let my kitchen get messy, I (1) don’t want to clean, and (2), don’t want to cook, because it’s double the cleaning. | Priya
If you don’t know what an ingredient is on a box, you shouldn’t be buying it!!! | Katie
Don’t bring any pre-made desserts into the house. If you want a treat like cookies or brownies, make them yourself! They’ll be 10 times better for you using homemade ingredients. | Kaylin
One thing that helped me was taking out all the bad things that I shouldn’t be eating. Processed foods and stuff like that. If they are in your house they will tempt you. You can donate them instead of throwing them away too! | Kelly
Clean/cut any fresh fruits and vegetables at the start of the week and then keep them on the counter or at eye level in the fridge for a quick and easy snack. You’ll naturally eat more fruits and vegetables without even trying when they’re right there ready for you! | Kara
Leave healthy foods, like fruits and veggies out and in plain site. Anything that isn’t healthy, either don’t buy it or keep it where you can’t see it every time you enter the kitchen. | Nicole
Get rid of packaged foods with artificial ingredients. Also, keeping my refrigerator organized with all my fruits and veggies at an easy reach helps to make sure I’m eating those foods first! | Leah
Keeping things like roasted veggies, cooked quinoa, and canned legumes on hand makes throwing a delicious bowl together super easy! Top with some avocado and you have a healthy and delish meal. | Caroline
Prepping all of my grains and root veggies ahead of time so I can throw them into a warm breakfast bowl, on top of a salad- or make a quick stir fry! | Julie
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