Usually, when we think about giving a room in our house a “makeover”, we think about things like painting the walls another color or purchasing some new furniture. Yet, when it comes to giving our kitchen a healthy makeover, the reality is that it actually has very little to do with the décor. That’s because having a healthy kitchen is more about how you maintain it on a daily basis, as well as the kinds of foods that you put into your refrigerator, freezer, pantry and cupboards.
If you’ve never heard of this kind of “kitchen remaking” before and you’d like a few tips on how you can do it, we’ve provided you with five proven ones below:
Toss out the junk food. There are a whole lot of us who have a ton of cookies and chips in the pantry and ice cream in the freezer; more than we can possibly eat at one time or our bodies even need to have. Now, we’re not saying that you can’t have a few potato chips or a scoop of ice cream on the weekends. What we are saying, however, is that if you have a lot of that kind of stuff around, that’s what you’ll choose to eat. So, do yourself a favor and remove the temptation. Replace those things with dried fruit, dark chocolate, nuts, yogurt and homemade sorbet instead.
Nix the chemically-based cleaning products. Sure, the kitchen is one of the main places that needs to be constantly cleaned and disinfected, but that doesn’t mean that you have to use harmful chemicals in order to do it. By going to your favorite search engine and putting “homemade cleaning recipes” in the search field, you can come across all kinds of formulas that are made out of lemon, vinegar, borax and hydrogen peroxide that will leave your kitchen sparkling and toxin-free.
Get rid of all of that plastic. So many of us have kept years’ worth of plastic containers, believing that they’re good for food storage. However, aside from taking up a lot of space, most of those containers are loaded with BPA, a chemical that has been linked to prostate and breast cancer. When it comes to preserving your physical vitality, it’s always better to be safe than sorry; therefore, opt for using some “green containers” instead. Life Factory, Laptop Lunches and Preserve Products are just some of the companies that make “green” containers for food.
Use your microwave less. Sometimes we think that just because we baked our chicken or made some high protein soups that it shouldn’t matter if we warm those things up in a microwave. And while it’s obviously convenient (especially when it comes to time-management) to use, there is a lot of research that indicates microwaving food “zaps” it of a lot of its nutrients. Plus, if you warm the food up in plastic, some of the cancer-causing compounds within the plastic can get into the food. Heating things up in the oven or over the stove is much better.
Ventilate more. With all of the cooking and “people traffic” in the kitchen, it can get pretty humid, at times. Sure, it might seem best to simply turn up your central air but that doesn’t mean that it’s the wisest choice. It’s actually smarter to open up your windows and turn on your kitchen’s ceiling fan. Not only will that save on energy costs, but it also will provide you with the fresh air that your body needs. It’s a small “kitchen makeover tip” that can make all the difference in the world when it comes to your overall health and well-being.