As mums, our purpose in life other than wiping snotty noses and keeping mammoth to-do lists running in our heads, is to feed and water our kids the best we can. A healthy diet for a child is essential for giving them the right start in life, but also for giving them the knowledge to grow up to be healthy adults too. Whilst you might have the best intentions in the world, part of it comes down to how easy your cooking space is to use. You’re far more inclined to work in an area that is comfortable and easy to use. If your kitchen is too small, outdated or just not set up for efficiency, you’re going to be tempted to reach for the takeaway menus far more regularly.
Fruit, vegetables and fresh food are essential for a healthy balanced diet and you need a place to store them. A large fridge is crucial for holding all the produce you need, even more important is a large freezer. Picture the scene: you get home from a long day at work or a long day of running around after the kids. You’re tired, frustrated and everyone’s verging on the grumpy end of hungry and you still have to prepare the evening meal from scratch. The likelihood is this is the perfect time to pile everyone in the car for a family trip to McDonald’s, but a large freezer could be your saviour. Next time you cook a spaghetti bolognese, a chilli con carne, or anything else which is easy to scale up. Double or triple your quantities and freeze the excess. Your freezer becomes a veritable library of delicious meals which just need throwing in a pan and slowly defrosting. Here’s a handy hint, though, don’t forget to label the bags as you put them in, frozen meals all tend to look the same and you probably don’t want to be playing dinner roulette next time you have a hungry family to feed.
The beauty of healthy eating is all the amazing fresh produce you can get through. Unless you want to visit the farmer’s market almost every day, you need to be able to store your produce effectively. Not all fruit and vegetables need to be stored in the fridge, many will last if they are stored in a dry, cool place such as a pantry. When it comes to home cooking, it’s a great idea to have all of your dry ingredients to hand too. From dried herbs and spices, to pulses, beans, pasta and rice – the bigger the pantry the better. If you haven’t got the space, a cupboard can be turned into an effective pantry. It makes food far more accessible and easier to organise. If you don’t have the use for large quantities of dried goods, airtight storage containers can do the trick. Having these easy to cook, wholesome meal bases makes it far easier to cook healthy meals when time isn’t on your side.
When you’re cooking regularly, particularly with fresh produce, it’s essential to have enough space on your work surfaces to be able to prepare your food. One way to do this is to ensure all appliances which aren’t in regular use are stored in cupboards. Another way is to add cutting space with a large board which can be rested over the sink unit and moved when it’s not needed. Check out Tap Warehouse for sinks perfect for a healthy kitchen.
A healthy kitchen isn’t just about creating healthy food, but also about promoting a healthy family lifestyle. One great way to do this is by encouraging the family to sit down for meals together as often as possible. Not only does this enable you to ensure they’re eating well, but it gives you time to catch up. A dining table you can all fit around is the perfect way to see that all family members catch up and spend valuable time together.
*This is a collaborative post.