Wholesome cooking is essential for a happy, healthy life. When we eat well, we feel better, we find it easier to maintain a healthy weight, we have more energy, we sleep better, and generally, we’re happier. What you eat can have a huge impact on your health and wellbeing. But cooking wholesome and healthy food isn’t always easy, especially when we’re busy.
It’s often easier to grab unhealthy snacks or eat on the go instead of spending time cooking. But setting up your kitchen right can make it easier. Here are 8 of the best tips and tricks to help you.
Make Sure You Have Plenty of Storage
One of the best ways to eat well is using a meal planner. Planning your meals makes it much easier to make sure you are getting plenty of nutrients in your diet and that you are eating a variety of different things. It also means that you never have to think about what you are eating, which can lead to grabbing something unhealthy in a hurry.
But meal planning and prepping food does mean that you need plenty of storage boxes and bags to keep ingredients and prepared meals in. These can also be used to freeze leftovers for another wholesome meal another day.
Keep Your Meal Plan to Hand
Meal planning is fantastic, but it’s only really effective if you keep it to hand, or even better written on a board in your kitchen. This means the whole family knows what is for dinner. You are more likely to stick to plans if you can see them, but you are also less likely to grab unhealthy snacks if you know that there’s a lovely meal coming.
Keep Food Visible
Having food on show can be a fantastic way to liven your kitchen up and inspire you to cook from scratch. It also makes you more aware of the life of food, and less likely to waste fresh produce because you haven’t eaten it before it’s gone bad. Keep fruit and veg that don’t need to be refrigerated in bowls or bags on your counters and shelves.
Displaying cookbooks is another way to inspire yourself to cook more. They also make your kitchen look more homely and feel more comfortable.
Add Some Color to Your Kitchen
The décor of your kitchen is important too. Fresh fruit and cookbooks will add some color but you might want to consider fresh flowers, colorful accessories, and pictures and blinds, which can make the room more welcoming and friendly.
Welcome Your Family In
Cooking can be a great way to spend time with your family and friends, and involving everyone can make the whole experience more wholesome, never mind the food. Make sure there’s plenty of standing space, but also seating if you have room for it.
Make Sure Everything You Need is Easy to Reach
You are more likely to spend time cooking if you make it easier for yourself. Make sure the things that you use often are easy to reach, and that your cupboards are well organized so that you can find things easily and quickly when you need to.
Get into Good Cleaning Habits
Even people that enjoy cooking can be put off by the idea of cleaning the kitchen. If you get into good cleaning habits as you go, cooking will suddenly become much easier and less stressful.
There are so many benefits to cooking healthy, wholesome, and tasty meals, and with the right kitchen set up, it can be easy, and even enjoyable. These tips should help you to take the stress out of cooking and eating well.