Healthy Resources for a Healthy You!
Healthy ingredients can be expensive and sometimes hard to find. Here are some good sources to save you time and money.
I use high-fiber, nutrient-rich, raw cashews to replace fattening ingredients in many recipes. Cashews add richness to many dishes, such as Slimming Scalloped Potatoes or Creamy Italian Salad Dressing. Buying them online is often a much less expensive option than purchasing at a grocery store.
Coconut is a very nutritious food, but it’s difficult to find it without sweeteners. I use unsweetened coconut in these Coconut Oatmeal Cookies, No-Bake Coconut Date Bites, Coconut Chewy Crispies, and Healthy Maple Nut Granola.
I use gluten-free oats in many of my recipes, from cookies to hot cereal and even in main dishes. My favorite way to eat oats is in these Wonderful Waffles. Gluten-free oats are processed in a facility that doesn’t not process gluten-containing grains.
Whole grain pastas are helpful for weight loss but most taste like cardboard. Tinkyada brand of whole-grain, brown rice pasta is not only good for you, but it’s also very delicious! I use Tinkyada pasta in all my pasta recipes.
Tahini is made from from sesame seeds and is rich B vitamins and calcium. I don’t like the flavor of tahini; but, combine it with other ingredients in certain recipes and WOW! Delicious! Don’t believe me? Try this Cream of Chickpea Soup.
This wonderful nut is full of antioxidents and omega 3’s. Walnuts can be used as a great base for a lower in fat pesto or wizzed up into this dreamy creamy Coconut Walnut Milk. A bit pricey in some stores, online is often a much cheaper option.
There are very few snack foods I can recommend, because most of them – despite the “healthy” label – are loaded with unhealthy ingredients. Below are a few truly healthy (and sugar-free) snacks to choose from.
Made with all-natural whole-food ingredients, Larabars are gluten-free and contain no added sugars. They are a perfect camping food. The healthiest options include Blueberry Muffin, Banana Bread, Cashew Cookie, Cherry Pie, Peanut Butter and Jelly, Peanut Butter Cookie, and Pecan Pie.
Organic, gluten free, vegan and non-GMO, these mango chunks are a good source of dietary fiber and have no added sugar, no preservatives or anything artificial.
Apple, Baked Apple Chips
Bare Apple Chips are baked, not fried. They’re also organic, gluten free, vegan and non-GMO with no added sugar, no preservatives, or anything artificial.
Here are a few basic (and a few not-so-basic) tools for cooking healthfully and efficiently.
I’ve worn out more than my share of blenders and was very happy to finally find one that not only did a good job, but could stand up to heavy use.
The Blendtec blender is a high-powered, heavy-duty, 1560 watt blender with 3 peak horse power.
The Vitamix is a super-duty high-power blender with a 2-peak horsepower motor that does a great job.
I wrote an as-fair-and-objective-as-I-can-possibly-be comparison between the Blendtec blender and the Vitamix to help you make the decision about which blender is best for you.
Of all the knives I own, this one is my favorite. While there are some perrrty nice knives on the market, they can cost you quite a few Benjamins. This knife is good quality for not too much money.I always bypass the other 4 chef knives in my kitchen to reach for this one. It’s lightweight and well-balanced and easy to hold onto.
We love the convenience of putting ingredients in the crock the day before and having a hot meal ready and waiting for us the next day. I own a small crock pot for cooking overnight hot cereal and a couple large ones for cooking beans, soups, and other main dishes.
The Instant Pot is many tools in one: 1. An electric pressure cooker 2. A slow cooker 3. A sauté pan 4. A rice cooker 5. A steamer – so you can make perfectly steamed veggies. 6. A food warmer. And more. I like mine because it seems safer than a regular pressure cooker. I also like the auto keep-warm feature.
I like both the Cuisinart 14-Cup Food Processor and the Breville 16-cup Food Processor. These are powerful, versatile, and efficient kitchen tools. Read more about how to choose a food processor here. With my food processor I can make these Skinny Scalloped Potatoes in 15 minutes. Click here for more about saving time with food processor.
A garlic press makes adding fresh garlic to your recipes super fast and super easy. Just place the clove in the press – peel and all – and squeeze the handles together, and out comes crushed garlic. (The skin gets left in the press.)
When purchasing a garlic press, be sure it comes with a cleaner.
I highly recommend stainless steel measuring cups and spoons for dry ingredients and glass (rather than plastic) for liquids. The fact that they hold up longer and are easier to use more than justifies the little extra they cost.
Having a tortilla press means I can make my own beautifully-shaped, perfectly-thin, gluten-free tortillas at home using ingredients that I want to use. And it’s so fast. I can press 8 wraps in less than 2 minutes. We bake our tortillas on this comal, but you can also use a well-seasoned cast iron skillet.
I really like my veggie chopper and it has saved me countless hours in the kitchen – plus it makes very pretty soups and salads. (All the veggies pieces come out matchy matchy.) It can cut my chopping time to less than half.
We love waffles and find that homemade waffles can be a great start to a healthy breakfast. I often make a big batch of waffles and keep them in the freezer for a quick meal on busy mornings.
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