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The Happy Kitchen Project continues today! If you are just joining us, for the month of August, we have teamed up with Designers Collective, a Vancouver based architect and interior design team to bring you a collaboration to transform your kitchen like a pro! All month we have been sharing design advice, cooking advice and more to help you create a kitchen you love. You can find out more about it here.
In today’s post, I’m sharing some ways to feed your family healthier meals. When my family is healthy, I’m happy, and a huge part of keeping them healthy, are the meals they eat at home. Here are a few ideas for cooking healthy at home:
1. Learn how to cook. More specifically, learn healthier cooking methods: grilling, roasting, steaming, stir-frying are a few. Many people bust the grocery budget by having to buy items that either don’t know how to make, or don’t have the time to make. It also keeps you from being able to control what’s going into your food. Which brings me to my next point.
2. Slow down, and plan your meals. Set up a system for meal planning and preparation, and leave room for “leftovers and life.” When you take the time to plan your meals out you can ensure that your family is getting all of the essential things they need in their diets, and you don’t have to fall prey to the fast food chains which bank on convenience and are generally no good for your health.
3. Shop seasonal and use fresh ingredients. We all know organic is best, but buying organic may not be in your budget. You still can feed your family healthier meals. Try to limit yourself to buying foods at the grocery store that don’t have a super long list of ingredients, or a bunch of ingredients you can’t pronounce.
4. Grow your own produce and herbs, or shop at your local farmers market. Here are some herbs I recommend for cooking that are fairly easy to grow and maintain.
5. Have the right tools. Having the basics of a well equipped kitchen is good, but for healthy cooking you may want to add a few items that help with those healthier preparations. Some of my favorites are a really good blender, and a spiral slicer to make vegetable “noodles.”
6.Try new cuisines. Have fun! Open yourself to explore new foods and preparations. Many international cuisines incorporate different spices to produce unique flavors, in a way that is also good for you.
My family doesn’t eat in a “green” kitchen with organic produce and a sustainable menu every night, but we do have considerable control over what we eat. We try our best and the truth is, just one baby step to feeding yourself and your family better makes a huge impact and its better than no step at all.
One last tip, for those of you with children. Start them early. Keep healthy snacks available and make better food choices in front of them. When kids are exposed early to healthy eating habits, they are more likely to stick with it. A happy kitchen is a healthy kitchen!
Tomorrow, we are back in Vancouver with Brooke and Tina. Did you see the placemats they made yesterday?! Their creativity is insane! Check out the #HappyKitchenProject on Instagram and be sure to tag us @designerscollective_ @chewsylovers in your Happy Kitchen photos!
Wok it Out,