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“Let food by thy medicine and medicine be thy food”
It is often said that the kitchen is the heart of the home. And, it is certainly one of my favorite rooms.
It is in the kitchen that I like to create magical, healthy dishes infused with love, that have the power to heal my body from within.
In this article, I share 3 of my favourite kitchen items that I use most days. These items are easy to clean, easy to use and help me make healthy food that tastes delicious! Without them, creating healthy food would not be so joyful or easy.
I really encourage you to let your kitchen be the place that you create healing foods for your body and mind.
As Hippocrates says, ‘Let food by thy medicine and medicine be thy food’.
I used to love cooking when I was younger, but it was only when my body completely broke down, that I became reconnected back to my kitchen and the healing power of home-made food.
There are many benefits to creating your own real food.
The first is that you can reduce your need for take-aways or fast foods.
Secondly, fake foods are often filled with chemical additives, preservatives and flavour enhancers like MSG (mono sodium glutamate), refined iodised salt and low grade oils that wreak total havoc in your body.
Thirdly, you can save a lot of money, when you learn how to make healthy food at home. Eating in costs a fraction less than what it would, if you were to buy it or eat out at a restaurant.
Here are 3 of my top favourite kitchen items that I use most days and I highly recommend these items for your kitchen too…
1. A Blender
With the right blender, creating healthy food can be much easier than you imagined. I like to use my blender to create smoothies, fresh herb sauces, dips and salad dressings in a flash!
There are many different kinds of blenders. Some of my favourite blenders are the small, hand-held blenders (also called an immersion blender or stick blender).
I also really like the mini blenders such as the Nutri bullet and the Magic Bullet. They are very compact and thus perfect for travelling, as well as making sauces and smoothies that are perfect for one.
If you need a bigger blender, check out the Vita-mix and Blend-tec blenders. They are terrific for families and make creamy green smoothies, delicious soups and even, healthy ice-cream!
2. A Juicer
There are many different types of juicers available but the very best kind of juicer is the one that you use (and use frequently!)
To ensure that you get the best out of your juicer, put it on display, in an easy to access place (such as your kitchen bench).
One trick that I do, is to always wash my juicer immediately after making my juice, before I drink it!
Another one is to always make more juice than you need. That way you can store any left-over juice in the fridge to enjoy later on in the day or even to drink the next day.
The great thing with juices is that you get to be creative and inventive.
One of my favourite juice combinations are Spinach and pineapple. Some others are Carrot, apple and ginger or Cucumber, mint and pear.
3. A Crockpot
In the winter months, our crock pot is a treasure. And, I use it most days.
It’s fabulous for making heart-warming stews and casseroles that heal your body and nourish your mind and soul. Plus, it’s so simple to use as well.
Chop up winter vegetables (my current favourites are garlic, onions, pumpkin, carrots, sweet potato, celeriac and kale) and put it on with some water and organic seasonings of your choice. Use sea-salt, organic bouillon powder, miso or kelp powder.
Put the crock pot on in the morning and by evening-time when you come home you’ll have dinner ready to eat. For extra flavorings and texture, about 30-45 minutes before you are ready to eat, I like to add in olives, frozen peas and spinach and a generous drizzle of high quality extra virgin olive oil.
Serve up a generous portion on top of cooked quinoa and top with a fresh green salad, chopped herbs and sliced avocado. This makes the perfect evening-time winter dish.
The variations on this recipe are endless and could easily get you through winter. Left-overs also make great lunches for the next day.
What are your favorite kitchen items? Do you have a favourite recipe at the moment?
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With so much Love,
From my heart to yours,
Katrina Love Senn xo
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