Some people have problems with preparing healthy food. They don’t want to cook and clean. Maybe they don’t think they can. I’m here to change your mind. I think everybody can cook and prepare healthy meals with the proper tools and practice. I’m going to set down a few essential things that i use on a regular basis that help me keep up with eating right and saving time doing it. So here goes.
1. The Humble Crock-Pot.
It doesn’t really get much simpler than this. You just need a good amount of vegetables and some good quality meat if you want it. Plug it in, throw your ingredients in and let it sit. This probably takes all of 10 minutes to set up and creates massive amounts of slow-cooked, easily digestible food for you and your family. Clean up is equally easy and there are usually leftovers. I would recommend something that uses a ceramic pot but anything will work.
2. Nutribullet or other blender
This is a new tool i picked up in the past few months. I am amazed at how handy this thing is. It cost 100 bucks from target. With this little gadget you can “blend” vegetables of all kinds for smoothies or drinks. You can add berries or nuts to them if you want. I usually just do large amounts of raw vegetables to get more of them in. To properly digest a salad, you need to basically chew it extremely well. I don’t know about you, but i really don’t have the time or patience to eat salads. Adding one of these to your day will add 3-4 servings of veggies into your body. Another cool thing is that it has a separate milling blade that will grind up nuts and seeds into butters. We made walnut butter here yesterday. Just ground walnuts, a little bit of salt and a splash of maple syrup. Invaluable tool for the price. Other blenders will do the job too, but all the others i looked at were very pricey.
Everybody seems to know about juicing these days. This is another amazing tool to load your body up with easy to use nutrition. Almost anything can be juiced. Vegetables, fruits, greens, whatever. This is a good way to start your day. These machines can be a little pricey but are usually worth it in the long haul. I have had mine about 2 years and so far its doing fine. It’s amazing to see your bodies needs change when you start eating more fruits and vegetables. Cravings go away, excess weight will melt off, health problems improve. You can also juice herbs like ginger, parsley, cilantro, lemons, etc. It can be a pain to clean at times, but overall a very good investment
4. Food Dehydrator
This is something i don’t use all that often at the moment but it’s very good to have around when i want to use it. These things run around 50$ and will last until you break them. You can use them to dehydrate or dry vegetables, fruits, beef jerky, and nuts. If you eat raw nuts, you need to soak overnight and dehydrate them for your body to properly absorb them. These machines can keep temperatures low (95 degrees) on mine. This ensures that whatever you are “drying” will stay below around 117 or so degrees. This is the temperature that food loses its “enzyme activity” and becomes more burdensome for your body to break down. Although i don’t recommend it, you could make things like trail mixes with this. I think good choices are raw dehydrated nuts, maybe some dehydrated vegetables. Think of this as a healthy snack maker.
5. Cutting Board and Knife you Love
This is something that is easy to overlook but very important in the kitchen. It is worth investing in a good quality knife, sharpener, and cutting board. I know so many people who don’t cook because they have crappy knives and cutting things up is a pain. You don’t need to go out and buy a fancy set of knives. I use ONE knife. I use a Santoku knife for almost everything. I keep it sharp. I sharpen it when it dulls. This thing will dice through carrots, celery, tomatoes, apples, whatever i need it to cut. I use it to chop up sweet potatoes for oven-baked fries. If i had some dull knives from walmart i don’t think i would want to cook either. So invest in a good quality knife or two, a sharpener, and a decent cutting board and you will be set.
I’m sure there are many other tools that people use in the kitchen. These are some of the ones that i have found most useful. Most of them are relatively inexpensive or they last a very long time. Hopefully you guys find these helpful and inspiring you to cook for yourselves more often at home.