Wednesday, March 04, 2009

Cookware for Healthy Cooking

Eating healthy is not always easy. In this fast paced world, it can be difficult to find the time to create a healthy meal. Sure your cabinets are stocked with cookware, dinnerware, and small appliances, but do you know which items you can use to help make healthy food fast? There a few simple items you can use that can help make eating healthy a little easier.

Protein smoothies and shakes are a fast and easy way to eat healthy during the day. You can purchase whey, soy, rice, or hemp protein in a variety of flavors from your local health store and everything else can be found at any grocery store. All you need is a quality blender and a few key ingredients. Things like yogurt; low fat dairy milk, soymilk, almond or rice milk; fresh or frozen fruit, nuts and seeds; and even vegetables like carrots and kale can all be combined in a good quality blender to make a smoothie that is packed with protein and vitamins to keep you energized throughout the day.

Cast iron pans can make stir-frying a snap. Stir-frying with healthy oils like toasted sesame and olive oil can help infuse vegetables with the right kinds of fat. Mono and polyunsaturated fats are good for your body, and they are found in things like olive oil, beans, and legumes. The thickness and excellent heat conduction offered by cast iron cookware helps you cook food more evenly which makes it easier to whip up a good meal fast.

If you have a baby to feed, food processors can make it easy to create your own organic baby food at home. Why buy brand name baby foods that are full of preservatives when you can easily mix healthy ingredients in no time at home. Mix and match fruit, veggie, and protein combinations until you find one your baby really enjoys. Eating healthy early is crucial for your baby’s development and when you make your own food you know exactly what goes into your baby’s stomach.

This article is was written guest blogger Janine of Cookware.com. They are a great online source for appliances, dishes, and other things. Also, don't forget--you'll find recipes for delicious nutrient-rich smoothies, stir-fries, and baby food in my cookbooks.

4 comments:

CakeJunkie said...

Do you have a food processor that you recommend? And can the same thing be accomplished with a good stick blender? I just recently started looking at these to help me in preparing sauces (mainly) and was curious what you think and recommend. Thanks!

Cathe Olson said...

Good questions -- I have a cuisinart food processor, the one with the special dough blade knead dough. It's a larger size one and I love it for making cookie batters, bread, chopping and shredding large quantities, and making my Better Than Ice Cream.

However, if you want something just for basic chopping and baby food, I used to have a small one that was really just fine.

As for an immersion blender, I love that for making cream soups and sauces -- it's so easy to use and doesn't create another dish to clean -- but it won't do the chopping and batter mixing that a food processor can.

CakeJunkie said...

Thanks for the information...and one more question - will the immersion blender work for baby food? I really don't think I would need a food processor for chopping or shredding, but just for liquidy-type preparations.

Thanks so much!

Cathe Olson said...

For the very first baby foods that should be very smooth, a blender works well. Later, when they can be chunkier, the immersion blender should work fine.