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12 Kitchen Tools That Will Automatically Make You Eat Healthier

12 Kitchen Tools That Will Automatically Make You Eat Healthier

Pessimists often assume that eating healthy is difficult, time-consuming, and unsustainable. But by starting with just a few of these kitchen tools and gaining the knowledge to use them, you can transform your daily dietary habits and eat cleaner with minimal effort.

1. Blender

High-quality blenders like Vitamix and Nutribullet are incredibly useful tools to have around the kitchen. Instead of having to prepare cooked food in the morning, tossing ingredients in a high-powered blender makes healthy breakfasts quick and easy. Blending is also an easier way to get your greens and other vital nutrients.

2. Spiralizer

If you’re trying to cut back on grains, a spiralizer is your best friend. Spiralizers slice vegetables into thin, noodle-like spirals, giving you the feel of a pasta dish without all that heavy grain. Shred up some sweet potatoes or zucchini, add a sauce or dressing, and enjoy!

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3. Ice Cream Maker

Believe it or not, owning an ice cream maker can help you eat healthier – especially if you eat ice cream often. You can start by making ice cream with organic ingredients, or whip up some low fat sorbets. Many vegan ice cream recipes call for all-natural ingredients like bananas and almonds. Experiment to find recipes that are both indulgent and healthy.

4. Dehydrator

While removing the water from your snacks may not sound particularly healthy, dehydrators open up a world of natural snacking opportunities. You may want to make your own veggie chips free of hydrogenated oils, or throw together some raw ingredients for wheat-free crackers. Dehydrators are also great for making fruit snacks for kids — sans the high fructose corn syrup.

5. Citrus Juicer

Tropical fruits have long been known to be both nutrient-dense and effective in helping you reduce body fat. Exotic fruit extracts like garcinia cambogia are said to help ramp up the body’s fat burning ability. Similarly, citrus fruits are known for their cleansing capabilities. A citrus juicer gives you the opportunity to get the freshest, straight-from-the-source juice, free of preservatives.

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6. Steamer

For a quick and oil-free way to prepare vegetables, try a steamer. Steaming is the best way to heat vegetables because it preserves vital nutrients better than any other method. While steamed vegetables may sound bland, there are several ways to jazz up steamed vegetables.

7. Food Processor

Food processors a great kitchen tools for creating clean snacks like granola bars, and meals like raw vegan burgers. You can also make your own nut butters, grind meat, or create homemade pesto with a basic food processor.

8. Oil Mister

Whether you are dressing up your salad or cooking in a frying pan, it’s far too easy to dump an excessive amount of oil into your food. Oil misters solve the problem, spritzing just the right amount of oil onto your food. Some of the best android apps for food, like Big Oven, contain dozens of oil-free recipes.

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9. Colander

Colanders are useful not only for draining pasta, but for easily cleaning fruits and vegetables. For certain dishes, stainless steel colanders can also be used to drain grease and fat.

10. Crockpot

Crockpots require minimal cooking skills, and provide the perfect set-it-and-forget-it routine for folks who don’t love cooking. Pick up a crockpot cookbook and throw together some simple and clean meals, like vegetable stew, coconut curry chicken, or even cinnamon apple oatmeal.

11. Slicer

Much of the reason people don’t prepare salads at home is the perceived prep work involved. However, picking up an affordable slicer will help you chop tons of veggies in a short period of time.

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12. Herb Mill

The Herb Mill defines convenience, solving a widespread problem that all busy people are familiar with – no time to cook. Fresh herbs taste better and provide the live nutrients that bottled ones don’t. But who wants to do all that prep work? Herb Mills efficiently grind up herbs for you, speeding up the meal prep process.

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Last Updated on November 19, 2019

20 Time Management Tips to Super Boost Your Productivity

20 Time Management Tips to Super Boost Your Productivity

Are you usually punctual or late? Do you finish things within the time you stipulate? Do you hand in your reports/work on time? Are you able to accomplish what you want to do before deadlines? Are you a good time manager?

If your answer is “no” to any of the questions above, that means you’re not managing your time as well as you want. Here are 20 time management tips to help you manage time better:

1. Create a Daily Plan

Plan your day before it unfolds. Do it in the morning or even better, the night before you sleep. The plan gives you a good overview of how the day will pan out. That way, you don’t get caught off guard. Your job for the day is to stick to the plan as best as possible.

2. Peg a Time Limit to Each Task

Be clear that you need to finish X task by 10am, Y task by 3pm, and Z item by 5:30pm. This prevents your work from dragging on and eating into time reserved for other activities.

3. Use a Calendar

Having a calendar is the most fundamental step to managing your daily activities. If you use outlook or lotus notes, calendar come as part of your mailing software.

I use it. It’s even better if you can sync your calendar to your mobile phone and other hardwares you use – that way, you can access your schedule no matter where you are. Here’re the 10 Best Calendar Apps to Stay on Track .

Find out more tips about how to use calendar for better time management here: How to Use a Calendar to Create Time and Space

4. Use an Organizer

An organizer helps you to be on top of everything in your life. It’s your central tool to organize information, to-do lists, projects, and other miscellaneous items.

These Top 15 Time Management Apps and Tools can help you organize better, pick one that fits your needs.

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5. Know Your Deadlines

When do you need to finish your tasks? Mark the deadlines out clearly in your calendar and organizer so you know when you need to finish them.

But make sure you don’t make these 10 Common Mistakes When Setting Deadlines.

6. Learn to Say “No”

Don’t take on more than you can handle. For the distractions that come in when you’re doing other things, give a firm no. Or defer it to a later period.

Leo Babauta, the founder of Zen Habits has some great insights on how to say no: The Gentle Art of Saying No

7. Target to Be Early

When you target to be on time, you’ll either be on time or late. Most of the times you’ll be late. However, if you target to be early, you’ll most likely be on time.

For appointments, strive to be early. For your deadlines, submit them earlier than required.

Learn from these tips about how to prepare yourself to be early, instead of just in time.

8. Time Box Your Activities

This means restricting your work to X amount of time. Why time boxing is good for you? Here’re 10 reasons why you should start time-boxing.

You can also read more about how to do time boxing here: #5 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity.

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9. Have a Clock Visibly Placed Before You

Sometimes we are so engrossed in our work that we lose track of time. Having a huge clock in front of you will keep you aware of the time at the moment.

10. Set Reminders 15 Minutes Before

Most calendars have a reminder function. If you have an important meeting to attend, set that alarm 15 minutes before.

You can learn more about how reminders help you remember everything in this article: The Importance of Reminders (And How to Make a Reminder That Works)

11. Focus

Are you multi-tasking so much that you’re just not getting anything done? If so, focus on just one key task at one time. Multitasking is bad for you.

Close off all the applications you aren’t using. Close off the tabs in your browser that are taking away your attention. Focus solely on what you’re doing. You’ll be more efficient that way.

Lifehack’s CEO has written a definitive guide on how to focus, learn the tips: How to Focus and Maximize Your Productivity (the Definitive Guide)

12. Block out Distractions

What’s distracting you in your work? Instant messages? Phone ringing? Text messages popping in?

I hardly ever use chat nowadays. The only times when I log on is when I’m not intending to do any work. Otherwise it gets very distracting.

When I’m doing important work, I also switch off my phone. Calls during this time are recorded and I contact them afterward if it’s something important. This helps me concentrate better.

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Find more tips on how to minimize distractions to achieve more in How to Minimize Distraction to Get Things Done

13. Track Your Time Spent

When you start to track your time, you’re more aware of how you spend your time. For example, you can set a simple countdown timer to make sure that you finish a task within a period of time, say 30 minutes or 1 hour. The time pressure can push you to stay focused and work more efficiently.

You can find more time tracking apps here and pick one that works for you.

14. Don’t Fuss About Unimportant Details

You’re never get everything done in exactly the way you want. Trying to do so is being ineffective.

Trying to be perfect does you more harm than good, learn here about how perfectionism kills your productivity and how to ditch the perfectionism mindset.

15. Prioritize

Since you can’t do everything, learn to prioritize the important and let go of the rest.

Apply the 80/20 principle which is a key principle in prioritization. You can also take up this technique to prioritize everything on your plate: How to Prioritize Right in 10 Minutes and Work 10X Faster

16. Delegate

If there are things that can be better done by others or things that are not so important, consider delegating. This takes a load off and you can focus on the important tasks.

When you delegate some of your work, you free up your time and achieve more. Learn about how to effectively delegate works in this guide: How to Delegate Work (the Definitive Guide for Successful Leaders)

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17. Batch Similar Tasks Together

For related work, batch them together.

For example, my work can be categorized into these core groups:

  1. writing (articles, my upcoming book)
  2. coaching
  3. workshop development
  4. business development
  5. administrative

I batch all the related tasks together so there’s synergy. If I need to make calls, I allocate a time slot to make all my calls. It really streamlines the process.

18. Eliminate Your Time Wasters

What takes your time away your work? Facebook? Twitter? Email checking? Stop checking them so often.

One thing you can do is make it hard to check them – remove them from your browser quick links / bookmarks and stuff them in a hard to access bookmarks folder. Replace your browser bookmarks with important work-related sites.

While you’ll still checking FB/Twitter no doubt, you’ll find it’s a lower frequency than before.

19. Cut off When You Need To

The number one reason why things overrun is because you don’t cut off when you have to.

Don’t be afraid to intercept in meetings or draw a line to cut-off. Otherwise, there’s never going to be an end and you’ll just eat into the time for later.

20. Leave Buffer Time In-Between

Don’t pack everything closely together. Leave a 5-10 minute buffer time in between each tasks. This helps you wrap up the previous task and start off on the next one.

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