Ever wondered what small kitchen appliances are necessary to curate a healthy lifestyle? These are the tools/small appliances I use constantly, and in my opinion, your top 5 must-haves to make healthy meals at home. Some of them are more expensive but the investment is worth your while, I guarantee.
- High Power Blender
I put this as number one, because it is hands down, my number one most-used small appliance. Let’s start with the unfortunate news; they’re expensive and there isn’t a whole lot of getting around that. You can shave a couple bucks off by purchasing used or re-furbished, but it’ll still set you back a few dollars. Now for the good news: they last a hella long time and so really are a worthy investment in your health. I’d recommend a Vitamix or a Blendtec, any model, as these brands are simply stellar. I use an older Vitamix that I picked up used; it is probably about 10 years old now, and it still works like a charm. High powered blenders are key for smoothies/shakes, fruit gelato/banana “ice cream”, soups, pancake and waffle batter, making hot drink blends, making nut milks, liquifying iPhones… and many, many other things. Simply put, you need one of these.
This may come as a surprise as there has been a shift away from the once revolutionary crockpot by us younger generations, but I use mine ALL the time. The good news about this one is that unlike the high powered blender, it doesn’t break the bank. You can almost always find one “pre-loved” at a thrift shop (i.e. Value Village) for $8-10 and they too seem to last quite a long time. I use my crockpot for making healing bone broths, soups, stews, slow-cooking meats (such as grassfed stew beef) and cooking beans, legumes, beets, sweet potatoes, potatoes and squash. The crockpot slow-cooks your food so it maintains more nutrients and increases flavour and tenderness.
- Mini Blender
After I got my Vitamix, I didn’t think I would use my mini-blender much anymore, but turns out, I use it all the time. A mini-blender, such as a Magic Bullet, NutriBullet, or Tribest Personal Blender (what I have) is a really great tool for making smaller portions of blended things (if you live solo like me!) but also key for sauces, salad dressings, chopping or grinding seeds or nuts, whipping things or frothing things up like matcha green tea or nut milk lattes.
- Food Processor
This isn’t one I use everyday but I really am grateful that I have it. Food processors aren’t too expensive and are really useful for dicing vegetables evenly for sauerkraut or coleslaw, for mixing dough or energy balls/bites, making cauliflower “rice”, or chopping other things into pieces bigger than what a blender would do, and with more control (love the pulse).
- Lemon Juice Squeezer
The simple hand-held lemon juice squeezer is inexpensive and super convenient for lemon juice extraction. No power required, it takes up minimal space, and it really is a useful tool. Lemons are very healthy and alkalizing so this is a great tool to get your daily lemon fix!
- BONUS – Vegetable Julienne Tool
Have you seen one of these? It’s an easy-to-use, space conserving, affordable way to julienne all types of vegetables by hand. I use this tool most often for julienning carrots for salads or cold rice paper wraps. Simple but awesome!
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- IG: Rocking a nasty cold today 🤧 but scrounged up enough energy to make some wicked veggie-packed mini quiches so I can self-soothe with food 😆Usually I’d probably make these crustless but it’s Friday, so imma live a little, alright?Dough is from @french.revolution.bakery ‘s scratch-made GF raw dough that you can roll out to construct whatever your heart desires… I’ve made pumpkin tarts and buttertarts with it before and it’s just as delicious for quiches. I use a water glass to cut it into perfect circles and then pop them into a muffin tin.Quiche filling is a simple mix of eggs, tomato, onion, broccoli, green pepper, bacon and a little pinch of grated old cheddar, + salt, pepper, rosemary & sage.Stir that all up and bake it until it’s firm and you’ve got some delicious shizzz.Unfortunately, my nose is so clogged that I can’t really taste it right now but I am confident that if I could, it would taste amazing.Hope you’re enjoying this beautiful day - September 20, 2019
- IG: Yesterday somebody said to me, “you have such a wonderfully joyous energy…you’re like a light.”💫 It was such a beautiful compliment but definitely got me thinking about how I got to where I am and how I am.I think my happiness stands out a lot more these days because so many people aren’t happy (this makes me sad). But it took a lot of intention and focus on my own health and mindset to get to a place where I feel truly content and am legitimately excited for each new day.I had to heal my body and my spirit and make a conscious effort to make my wellbeing my top priority.Here’s the thing though, prioritizing yourself often brings about guilt. I had to teach myself that ‘self care’ is NOT ‘self-ish’…it’s actually the opposite! To take the best care of YOU means you’ll have the bandwidth to give to others (in whatever way that may be). And for me, that’s helping others feel their best and preventing illness down the road. Which I now have the bandwidth to do, and the energy to share!So anyway, I guess my point is, make sure you’re looking after YOU, okay? Because your body, mind and spirit matters so much, and we need you in tip top shape so you can go out there and kick ass in whatever way you do it best 📷@saramonikaphoto 😘 - September 18, 2019
- IG: Best weekend supercrawling with beautiful souls, and capping it off with an epic midnight @bahamasmusic performance!Hope you all had a wonderful weekend - September 15, 2019