I decided to share with you my list of must-have kitchen necessities since I've been asked a number of times about what I use and if I have any product recommendations. My list is concise and simple but these are my kitchen tools I use on a regular basis that make my health-oriented recipes possible!
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Stainless Steel Baking Sheets
Most baking sheets are made from aluminum, a heavy metal, which has been classified as a neurotoxin. There are endless studies that show aluminum is dangerous and should not be used topically (via deodorant), orally (via over the counter medications such as Tums) and in injections (such as adjuvants in vaccines). I think it's safe to say we should eliminate it when possible when we cook as well, and replacing it with a safe alternative is affordable and easy. I use stainless steel cookware and absolutely love it. It's durable and, most importunately, completely safe.
I use my vitaminx mainly when cooking with or processing down nuts for things like:
The Personal Series S30 also comes with a 20 oz container which is a great option for making individual sized smoothies and taking it on the go.
Classic Cuisinart 7-Cup Food Processor
I use my Cuisinart food processor ALL the time. I use it for so many of my recipes, but most importantly- for making Banana 'Nice' Cream. This baby is unstoppable and a crucial appliance in my kitchen.
Warning: Do not get the Cuisnart Food Processor Mini- it's probably the worst appliance ever made and I secretly want to start a petition to have them discontinue it!! It's a 3 cup mini version of their Classic 7-Cup with a 'chop' button and a 'grind' button (no pulse). It makes this INTENSE high pitch scream when you use it, it's seriously alarming. I mean, why not just use the Classic? What are you doing where you NEED the mini? Mincing garlic? Use a knife! Ok ok, I know that's so totally dramatic but it's my opinion. Stick to the classic- it's a classic for a reason.
Immersion Blender and Whisk Attachment
I use my immersion blender frequently because I make a lot of soups. Hey, soup is easy to throw together and can feel you for days. If you're a frequent soup maker also, this is crucial. Have you ever tried to pour hot soup into a blender and nearly kill yourself as hot liquid comes shooting out once you turn it on? That's happened to me many-a-times. Which is why I finally purchase an immersion stick. You just blend your soup right in the pot it was cooking in. Many of them, like the one below, also comes with a whisk attachment, which I love because that means you have two kitchen appliances in one! I absolutely hate clutter, so this makes me way too happy.
If you don't have the Vitamix Personal Series S30 which comes with a personal to-go 20 oz container, then the magic bullet is definitely something you'll want to invest in. I recommend this to sooo many of my patients who have difficulty getting enough micronutrients into their diets.
I'm a creature of habit. I drink the same smoothie for lunch 4 days a week (I work in the office Mon-Thurs) which ensures I get all the micronutrients I need to sustain a healthy immune system and attain maximum nutrition for the day. When I'm ready for lunch I simply place the container on the base and give it a little 'buzz buzz', and wah-la! It's done.
My Go-To Smoothie Recipe:
**This smoothie also helps with heavy metal detoxification, immune support and is extremely anti-viral which may help with thyroid disorders, inability to cope with stress and chronic fatigue.
I have a dutch oven given to me by my grandmother several years back. I've tried to find one similar but it doesn't have any markings so I can't tell who made it. I absolutely love having a dutch oven for recipes that need to go from stove top to oven like stews or oven-baked risotto. Lodge makes some great ones out of cast iron and enameled cast iron. I have to admit, I struggle with cast iron. I've seasoned mine a million times but after every use it still rusts. Because of that reason I'd recommend going with the enameled coated cast iron (unless you have a cast iron trick up your sleeve you can share with me??).
Pyrex Glass Storage Containers with Lids
I talk a lot about properly storing food in my newest book: The Healthy Baby Guidebook. With all of the research and studies that have been done on plastic we truly should never ever use plastic for food storage unless we are seriously in a bind. No, it doesn't matter that your plastic is BPA-free, in fact many studies show BPA-free plastic is higher in other xenoestrogenic toxins. Glass is the safest way to store food and it's also the most convenient since it's heat safe! You can easily heat your leftovers without having to transfer them to a plate. Just remove the lid and pop directly into the oven- wah-la!
Digital Kitchen Scale
This is a handy little tool to have in the kitchen especially when baking. It can easily weigh in grams, pounds, ounces and milliliters.
Crock Pot/ Slow Cooker
Recently it's been made aware that many ceramic crockpots can leach lead into your food. The FDA has recently put out an advisory in regards to this. You can contact the manufacteur of your crock pot to see if they have released a statement regarding your crockpot or you can purchase a lead testing kit. You can also just invest in an organic non-toxic clay pot (which is very rich in minerals) that is both aluminum and lead free.
Juicer Top for Mason Jar
I adore my juicer top, especially during orange, lemon and lime seasons! It makes juicing citrus so easy. During orange season I'm guilty of plucking two oranges off the tree and juicing them right into the mason jar- removing the lid and indulging in some really delicious freshly squeezed orange juice. There really is nothing more refreshing. I also use this to juice lemons and limes during season and then freeze the juice in glass jars for future use throughout the year.
There you have it, folks!
These are my top kitchen must-haves that I use most frequently. None of them are endorsed, these are just my personal favorite brands that I love and hope you'll love too!
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