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7 Time-Saving Tools For Healthy Cooking

7 Time-Saving Tools For Healthy Cooking

We all want to eat healthily but sometimes our busy lifestyles come between us and a better diet. With today’s array of kitchen gadgets on offer though it really doesn’t have to be a choice between saving time and eating well, you can do both.

Here’s our choice of 7 time-saving tools which will help you create healthy meals however busy your day.

Rice Cooker

Rice is delicious, nutritious and can be combined with a wide range of stir-fry meals to create healthy fast food. A rice cooker makes certain you get perfect fluffy rice every time, with no concerns about half-cooked grains or burnt saucepans. Rice cookers also often can be used in a dual purpose way, doubling up as steamers and therefore saving space, as outlined below.

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    Vegetable Steamer

    We are all encouraged to eat at least five portions of fruit and vegetables per day, but if we want optimum health there’s no harm in increasing that number. A steamer is the best way to preserve the nutrients in the food plus it has the advantage of being quick. Vegetables come out crisp and tasting good, a far cry from the soggy cabbage and over boiled leaks of yesteryear.

    steamer under the white background
      Steamer under white background

      Juicer

      Another way to top up our levels of nutrients is to drink our vitamins. Juicing has become popular in the last few years and there are now many juicer models available which make cleaning and storing them a breeze. If you are often short of time in the morning you can even prepare your juice the night before and then grab it from the fridge on your way out the door.

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        Fresh lemon, making lemon juice with squeezer isolated on white background

        Blender

        While some people love juices, others are fonder of smoothies, and blenders can mix these up in a flash. If you add yogurt, or even occasionally ice-cream, this can also be an ideal way to get children to eat more healthily as they often won’t even realize fruit is lurking in the delicious drink.

        healthy smoothie ingredients in blender with fresh fruit on kitchen table
          Healthy smoothie ingredients in blender with fresh fruit on kitchen table

          Slow Cooker

          Another lifesaver if you are out of the house most of the day is a slow cooker. All the ingredients can be popped in first thing in the morning and then the cooker works its magic over the next eight hours. This means you come home to a healthy, hot and delicious meal with little effort. Slow cookers also use small amounts of electricity so they are a great money-saver too.

          Pinto and garbanzo beans cooked in slow cooker with vegetables.
            Pinto and garbanzo beans cooked in slow cooker with vegetables.

            Vegetable Spiralizer

            Many of us now enjoy living a lower carb lifestyle, but let’s be honest we miss the ease and versatility of pasta. Vegetable spiralizers are a relatively new addition to our kitchens but they are a super easy way of increasing our intake of vegetables, while creating delicious meals. You can quickly turn courgettes, carrots and a wide range of other vegetables into spirals, which are a substitute for pasta or can be added to stir-fry dishes or salad.

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              Water filter

              It’s easily forgotten but the quality of our water can make a big difference to the food and drink we enjoy. Many hard water areas particularly can affect how our food tastes and that’s why it’s important to use a water filter. Making the move to have a water filter fitted at the tap makes it easy to have clean, fresh filtered water available whenever you need it, plus it cuts back on any waste from disposable filters.

              Try out even one or two of these time-saving gadgets and you will be well on your way to living a healthier life, all while spending as little time as possible preparing and cooking meals.

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                Blue water filter on a white background

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                What Should I Do Today? 30 New Things To Do Today

                What Should I Do Today? 30 New Things To Do Today

                It’s always fun to do something new, but often we fall into the trap of spending our weekends the same way.

                If you’re stuck in the same old routine, it might be time to try something new.

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                What should I do today? No ideas?

                Everything listed here is something you can easily do no matter where you live, and even on a tight budget! Try out one of these 30 new things today, you’ll be happy you did.

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                Try Out These 30 New Things To Do Today

                1. Visit a suburb in your city that you’ve never been to before, or somewhere you haven’t explored much.
                2. Learn ten phrases in a new language–what about Japanese, Italian or Portuguese?
                3. Listen to a genre of music you haven’t tried before–perhaps Jazz, Punk or Blues?
                4. Have a picnic in your local park complete with a packed lunch and your animal friends.
                5. Start a daily journal to write your thoughts in.
                6. Try a new cuisine–what about French, Lebanese or Korean?
                7. Visit your local library and borrow some books for the weekend.
                8. Plant some flowers in your garden. If you don’t have one, try an indoor potted plant.
                9. Visit a local museum or art gallery and view their latest exhibition.
                10. Learn a new skill–what about sewing, gardening or cooking? You’ll be surprised what you can learn in an afternoon.
                11. Say hello to a neighbor you don’t usually talk to.
                12. Make a card for a friend and send it to them with a handwritten note.
                13. Learn how to cook a new dish for dinner. We all get tired of eating the same thing, why not try making something new?
                14. Re-read an old favorite book. Don’t leave it gathering dust on your book shelf; get it out and read it all over again.
                15. Research the culture of a different country online–what about India, Guatemala or Sweden?
                16. Go for a walk or bicycle ride around your neighborhood.
                17. Watch a classic film like Casablanca, The Godfather or The Wizard of Oz.
                18. Make a photo album of a recent holiday you took. Don’t let your memories get lost on your computer hard drive; make a special keepsake album of your trip.
                19. Visit your local farmers markets and pick out some fresh produce. Farmers markets are full of delicious fresh fruit, veggies and more. Find your local market and take a visit.
                20. Plan a day trip to somewhere outside your city–it might be the seaside, mountains or another city!
                21. Check out what community events are running in your area and attend one.
                22. Make a birthday present for a friend. Handmade gifts are personal and much more special than anything you could buy from a store.
                23. Attend a play at your local theater. Support your local theater and have a fun night out at the same time.
                24. Volunteer with your local nature conservation society to plant some trees. Conservation societies are always looking for helping hands; do your bit and plant some trees.
                25. Be a tourist in your own city and visit all the popular tourist sites you’ve likely never been to (don’t forget your camera!)
                26. Call a friend you haven’t spoken to recently and have a good long chat.
                27. Put on your favorite song and dance your heart out. You might be surprised at how much fun you have!
                28. Invite some friends over for a BBQ. There’s nothing better than an afternoon spent with good friends and good food.
                29. Try out a new form of exercise like Pilates, tennis or swimming.
                30. Organize a clothing swap with your friends. You’ll have a great time, and save some cash and the environment all at the same time!

                Now that you’ve read my list of 30 new things to try today, my question for you is, “what new things will you try today?”

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