You can do this with a banana peel

Did you know you can freshen up your plants with your banana peel before you toss it?  Simply rub the inside of your banana peel on the plant leaves to clear any dust away, leaving it shiny and vibrant.

There are actually several helpful things you can do with a banana peel — such as using it on your skin for skincare, polishing silver, whiten your teeth, etc.

Who knew you could do so much with a banana peel!?

Your must have kitchen item

What is your MUST-HAVE kitchen item?

The appliance or tool you use the most in the kitchen — one you can’t possibly dream of living without?

For me, it would be a toss-up between my Instant Pot and Ninja Blender. I love how quickly you can whip up a meal with the Instant Pot and I use my blender every day for smoothies 🙂

So, tell me. What kitchen tool can you not live without?

Get to Know the Healthiest Foods You Can Stock Up in Your Pantry

Now that we’re in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, most of us have been relegated to the confines of our homes. You most likely stocked up on essentials, including perishable and non-perishable foods to sustain you through the stay-at-home orders.

While you’re generally subject to whatever is fresh at your local supermarket, pantry staples tend to be easier to grab and longer-lasting. I understand the shelves may be quite bare, leaving you with not many options to choose from at the moment. Even if you aren’t able to use these tips during the situation we’re currently in, still, take note of these pantry staples to stock up on once this blows over, and the shelves are filled to the brim again!

So, what are the healthiest foods you can put in your pantry?

– Proteins

You can make tons of different things with canned or dried beans, such as dips, soups, and stews. Canned beans tend to have more sodium, so try to find the ones with no sodium added if they’re available. Meanwhile, nut butter can turn plain bread into a hearty treat, so stock up on your favorite nut butter. Quinoa is another excellent protein pantry staple that can be used in many recipes.

– Carbs

Choose brown rice, quinoa, and whole-grain pasta for the bases of your meals.  All types of potatoes and hearty squashes can add a more filling component to any meal. And of course, there are cans of vegetables that you can use for a swift side dish or with your favorite broth base to make soup.

Canned tomatoes almost need their own category. From turning into a sauce for your pastas, adding a rich taste to soups, or even to make Shakshuka with the eggs you have on hand, they can be used to make plenty of meals.

– Basics

Make sure you have the basic staples like flour (I prefer almond flour), baking powder, baking soda, and your favorite herbs and spices. Stock up on your favorite oils such as avocado oil and olive oil.  Broths and stocks are also great to always have on hand.

Don’t forget to plan ahead for hydration, also. Instead of stocking up on bottled water, try getting a water filter for your refrigerator so you won’t have to worry about stocking up anymore.  If you don’t have this option, invest in an inexpensive Brita pitcher with an extra filter to always have on hand. Another option is to fill a large 5-gallon jug with filtered water from the grocery store. Electrolyte drinks are also helpful in case someone gets sick.

Minimize your exposure and help get that curve to flatten by planning ahead for all supermarket trips. Know what you need and stock up to keep your kitchen brimming with love and delightful dishes that give you healthy nourishment.

If you haven’t already taken advantage of grocery delivery to avoid the stores, apps like Shipt and Instacart are great alternatives during this time.

What have you been cooking during these stay-at-home orders? Leave me a comment below, I’m sure we can all use some inspiration for some new dishes!

 

Have you started any spring cleaning yet?

Starting in the kitchen is probably more helpful than cleaning out that closet.  With how often you use your kitchen, I’m sure a good tidying up will take a load off of your shoulders.  When I spring clean my kitchen, I start with my refrigerator first.

Take everything out and wipe down the inside of your refrigerator.  Go through your inventory and toss anything expired.  Organize your fridge and make a list of things you need to replenish.

I’m sure you’ve heard all the different ways you can use cauliflower — but did you know sweet potatoes are quite versatile, as well?

For example, two of my favorite sweet potato hacks are using it for toast and mini-pizzas.

Search for some appealing recipes online and give it a try. You slice the sweet potato into little “bread-like” pieces and top them with your favorite toppings to achieve whatever you’re going for, whether that’s toast, pizza, or anything else you cook up out of creativity.

How does your spice collection look?

Do you have them organized in a spice rack?

Or perhaps they’re in disarray, with several duplicates taking up space.

While you’re tidying up your spice collection, here are a few ways to keep them in tip-top shape so you can enjoy your fresh herbs and spices for as long as possible.

Make sure you store them in air-tight containers out of the light.

There are loads of spice jar sets you can peruse on Amazon to organize your spices properly. Make sure you pick air-tight containers that will keep your spices safe from air.

For fun, what are the top spices you use the most?

How long do you spend in the kitchen every day?

Do you usually grab breakfast at the coffee shop, eat lunch out, or are you a brown-bagger?

A study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, between 2013 and 2016, showed that 36% of adult Americans consumed fast food on any given day.  I was shocked by how high that number was, so I’m curious — how many of your meals are home-cooked per week?

7 Kitchen Gadgets That Make Healthy Living Easier

If you’ve ever enjoyed a long walk down the kitchen department aisles, you’ve noticed the sheer amount of kitchen gadgets available. Some of them are extravagant, while others make for really helping you get healthier meals on the table quicker.

Instead of going wild and buying it all, here are 7 kitchen gadgets worth the splurge that you’ll use daily for making incredibly healthy and delicious meals in an easier way.

1. Veggie Spiralizer
Whether you love noodles or simply want to sneak in more veggies, getting veggie spiralizer can help you effortlessly churn out noodles of all sizes made entirely from vegetables. It takes little time, and the best part about it is that from start to finish, you can have your dinner on the table in anywhere from 10 to 20 minutes!

2. Instant Pot
No time to get dinner in your slow cooker before you rush off to work? The Instant Pot is a game-changer because you can shove frozen foods in there and have dinner ready fast. You can make just about anything in it too, whether you want chili, soup, chicken, beef, fish, or an all-veggie meal. With this kitchen gadget, you can’t say you don’t have time to make a healthy meal.

3. Reusable Silicone Bags
If you’re worried about surrounding yourself with so much plastic (and really, you should be), cut the clutter by getting reusable silicone bags. You can store everything in them, and they create an airtight seal. No more spills in the fridge that no one wants to clean up. They’re great for portioning out meals too and for meal prep, plus no more waste since you can use them over and over again!

4. Air Fryer
It uses circulated air to get your food to that crispy texture you love. Wilted veggies become wondrous with this kitchen gadget, plus you can make fries that you feel good about giving the kids.

5. Immersion blender
Love your food processor but hate all the added transferring of ingredients and clean-up? An immersion blender will save you plenty of time, plus you can wash the attachment in the dishwasher. It’s great for taking up less space in your kitchen too and can handle making sauces, batter, spreads, and plenty of other things.

6. Silicone Baking Mat
Say goodbye to scrubbing your sheet pans! Silicone baking mats are reusable, safe to wash in the dishwasher, and are environmentally-friendly. This non-stick surface makes rolling dough, baking goodies, and roasting fish or veggies effortless.

7. Rasp Grater
Tired of grating your knuckles by mistake every time a recipe calls for lemon zest? A rasp grater has a long, soft handle that makes grating easier than with a traditional-style grater. You can add more zest to your foods in more ways than one and get a perfect grate every time!

With these handy kitchen gadgets in your kitchen, you won’t have any excuse not to whip up a first-class healthy meal fast!

What tool/appliance do you use the most in your kitchen?

In my kitchen, I use my Ninja Blender the most.  It works great for my morning smoothies <3

A few tools and appliances that can help you eat healthy more simply can include:

  • Vegetable spiralizer
  • Instantpot
  • Slowcooker
  • Air Fryer
  • Juicer
  • Vitamix

Drop a comment below and let me know what you use the most in the kitchen!