The concept of a mindful kitchen can be most easily understood as a healthy eating lifestyle. Once you stack your kitchen with healthy nutrients and start creating healthy meals by yourself, you will start enjoying cooking more than ever. A mindful kitchen also produces less waste, and a sustainable way of living will help you save more money. When creating a mindful kitchen, it’s important to think about food and really give some thought into making well balanced, nourishing meals. Here are some tips to help your kitchen become mindful and to help you become a healthier person.
Have an easy-meal cookbook
Cooking is the last thing that comes to mind when you come back home from work completely exhausted. For some strange reason, people often consider cooking as hard labor, which it most certainly doesn’t have to be. There are tons of healthy meals that can easily be prepared in less than an hour, and you can even have leftovers. Eating healthy is not a time consuming activity, but a mindful one. All you have to do is create your own little easy-meal cookbook that you can rely on all the time. Instead of grabbing for the phone to order pizza, take a few moments to rest and relax from the daily stress and practice mindful breathing, after which you will feel far better and ready to patch up a delicious, healthy meal.
Shop in the “outer ring”
Mindful cooking starts already with shopping. It’s the groceries you have in your home that dictate how you are going to eat. You won’t be doing yourself any good by stashing your fridge with a lot of frozen fries and onion rings, while it would be best to color it in green with lettuce, cucumber, spinach and other healthy greens. The best way to avoid frozen junk food when shopping is simply by staying in outer ring of the store. Most supermarkets are arranged in such a way that the fruits and vegetables are close to the walls, while frozen foods are situated in the middle areas. This strategy will prevent you from buying unhealthy groceries because you won’t find yourself anywhere near them – out of sight, out of mind.
Elevate your kitchen design
Cooking in an old, dusty kitchen can’t be fulfilling as creating delicious meals in a newly renovated, sparkly one. However, you don’t need to fully renovate your kitchen in order to make it work for you and to call for spending more time in it. You can just invest in a couple of kitchen appliances that will make your life a lot easier, such as a blender, a salad spinner or other kinds of food processors that are often used to create health meals. On the other hand, if you truly wish to elevate your kitchen, you should hire reliable kitchen manufacturers to help you create the kitchen of your dreams. The perfect kitchen will inspire you and let your culinary creativity flourish, which is a super combo if you have already stashed your fridge with healthy nutrients.
Add some greenery
The only way to be sure where your food comes from is to grow it on your own. For those of you who have spacious gardens, it’s easy to plant fresh herbs and let them grow their way into your healthy lifestyle. Living in an apartment building might not be so convenient for growing herbs, but there are ways to go around this problem. You can have your own little spice garden on your terrace or just a couple of pots hanging from your kitchen windows. You can easily plant jasmine, parsley, peppermint or aloe vera in your kitchen. Spices aren’t the only plants that can come in handy, but all house plants that you would want in your home can make the kitchen come to life, too. Combining plants that you’ve grown on your own with good fats and oils will help you get the most out of any healthy meal.
Surround yourself with health
Healthy eating is only one part of a healthy lifestyle, which you should be striving for. If you choose to become a healthier person, then surrounding yourself with health is what you should opt for. Making healthy decision everyday will help you get where you want to be, and changing your eating habits is a good way to start. You can help yourself stay on the right path by putting reminders everywhere. Taping healthy meal recipes and pictures on the fridge is a good idea to make you strive for a healthier snack every time you get close to the fridge. You can also follow healthy blogs and scroll through Instagram profiles to follow a healthy lifestyle stream every day. A good thing to try is also to have a fruit bowl always full with fresh, tasty fruits, and avoid having any sugary food in the kitchen.
It’s also important to surround yourself with the people who will encourage you on your way to creating a healthier lifestyle. If you take your healthy habits out of the kitchen and use them everywhere you go, then you are on the right path to success.
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