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: 2019 setup: I’m using some additional florescent lighting on my seedlings this year for the first time ever.In the past I have only used window light but on super sunny days when fragile seedlings get blasted with full, hot sunshine, it isn’t ideal. I’ve accidentally cooked some for sure, even this year already 🤷🏻♀️.Also, I was too cheap/lazy to set up a lighting system in our old house, but the original owners of this new place left us with a bunch of florescent lights that are actually great for this. So, why not try?I have still placed them in a window but am diffusing the natural light with a tight mesh-like shower curtain I bought at yesterday. Every year is truly an experiment but every year I definitely gain a deeper understanding and become more efficient.Thanks to Jeff for putting up with my growing obsession as I take over a large area of our walkout basement to do this… until we build that greenhouse 😙.Also I have nowhere to actually plant any of these yet so this will be interesting 😅.Send help. - March 22, 2019
- IG: LIKE A KID IN A GODDAMN CANDY STORE.I bought myself more seeds today…🥳So I was on the way to the gym, about to pass the local seed place I drive past every day, and keep meaning to check out, and then thought, WTF I can work out any day, it’s my birthday, today is the day to finally visit @williamdamseeds.I went in cuz I needed Brussels Sprout seeds, and I left with 13 different packs of seeds, 4 more seed trays, 100 labels, and $85 less rich (oops?), but I had the best time!Lesson: do the things that bring you joy and have no regrets about it. Especially on your birthday. Okay? - March 19, 2019
- IG: Combating DAYLIGHT SAVING and/or JETLAG 🥴⏰✈️This struggle is real. And these happen to be two things affecting me simultaneously at the moment, given that the clocks were switched an hour forward less than a week after we got back from a 5-hr timezone shift (now 6hr!)🥴.Anyway, I wanted to share 3 products are lifesavers for me for daylight saving & jetlag recovery:1. Melatonin (sublingual spray).I LOVE melatonin spray as a short-term solution for getting my body back on track when my internal clock is confused. I prefer spray as opposed to capsules or tablets as the effect is quite immediate and you can dose much lower (one spray is 1mg as opposed to capsule or tablets which are often 5mg and that’s just too much IMO).I have tried a few different products and love this one by @seroyalbrands Genestra. I take 2 sprays under my tongue (2mg) before I want myself to go to sleep and my body is almost immediately tired— I never travel without it!2. Magnesium (high quality topical, Natural Calm powder or Bisglycinate capsule).Whether in a high quality topical like this excellent @ancient.minerals product or taken internally adequate Mg is KEY for a relaxed, deep sleep. In fact, with all the stress we all have in our lives these days, most of us are deficient in this vital mineral and we could likely all benefit from it. I like to rub this topical on my belly, plus on any sore muscles before bed for relaxation & deeper sleep.3. CBD oil (full spectrum, water soluble!)WOW, game changer. I’ve tried many CBD oils over the years without feeling any effects (no better, no worse; just same) but this one by @zilisllc knocks my socks off. With it being full spectrum, organic and water soluble, this stuff is highly absorbable, so verrry potent. A tiny dose (.25mL) before I want to sleep makes for EPIC deep sleeps. And FYI, it’s 0.0% THC so only the potent CBD is making me 😴, promiseee.Sadly, this is NOT available in Canada at the moment, but if you can find another good water-soluble brand up here in the north it’s definitely a SOLID addition to your sleep game!•Wishing you a quick recovery from this Daylight Saving craziness or if you’re returning from a trip! ❤️ - March 12, 2019