4 Ways To Optimise Your Kitchen For Healthier Living
Making the switch to a healthier diet is never a simple process, especially if you’ve never entertained the idea before. While you might think that switching to a healthier lifestyle simply involves more natural foods, the design and layout of your kitchen can also play a part in making revolutionising your daily routine that much easier.
In this post, we’ll explain what you can do in your kitchen to promote a healthier way of life, paving the way to make this switch on a more permanent basis.
Make it a welcoming room
Your first step should involve making the kitchen a room that you want to be in. After a long day at work, you’ll want to be inspired by your kitchen and not put off by drab decor or tired old appliances. Refresh the space by adding a sharp new colour scheme in citrus hues, or replace old tiling with an eye-catching design.
Blend these aesthetic upgrades with some new appliances that add a dash of excitement to the cooking process, and before long you’ll be looking forward to using your kitchen every night instead of opting for ready meals or takeaways.
Display healthy foods properly
Super healthy whole foods such as lentils, quinoa and other grains and pulses can be the heart of your new cooking regime. They also tend to come in unsightly plastic packaging that tends to be shoved to the back of store cupboards and largely forgotten about. To remedy this, you could invest in some eye-catching storage solutions such as Mason or Kilner jars – which can leave your worktop clutter-free, all while giving the ingredients centre stage.
Displaying these foods properly will lead you to use them more in your recipes, and this is a strategy that also works for a fruit bowl – so you’ll be more tempted to opt for a healthy snack rather than raiding the treat cupboard.
Grow your own
If you’re blessed with natural light in your kitchen, then you should definitely harness it to grow some herbs and spices to add an extra kick to home-cooked recipes. Your windowsill can be the perfect venue for your own mini herb garden that, when maintained properly, will end up helping you save money on spice rack essentials.
Combining your own herb garden with a pestle and mortar and other equipment can allow you to create all manner of natural skincare solutions without any additives – something that’ll help you be healthier, as well as save you money.
Beyond the kitchen
Once you’ve overhauled your kitchen into a healthy, inspiring space, why stop there? The other side to a healthy lifestyle is exercise, so why not clear out your spare room, garage or shed and turn it into a home gym or space to store your cycling equipment?
Making space for exercise and related paraphernalia will keep it at the forefront of your mind. In much the same way as storing healthy food properly, making a suitable space for exercise will help you adopt it as a regular habit that you can work into your daily routine.
It may sound like a cliché to say that the kitchen should be the heart of the home, but it’s true – and it can go even further than that to become the heart of a healthier way of living. Following these tips is a good place to start, but tailoring them to your own lifestyle and adding a splash of your own creativity will help them stick for good.
Alex Jones is a features writer for Start Fitness – providers of running, cycling, gym, football and outdoor products.