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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 March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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