Healthy Kitchen

by TSGal on Fri, May 13th, 2011 at 1:00 pm

At this point in time, everyone’s Spring cleaning should be just about done.  But are you keeping your home a healthy environment?  I found an article on KitchenDaily.com that highlights 20 Healthy Kitchen Habits You Need To Learn.  I thought I would take this time to impart some of this wisdom on our Swaggernauts.

Use Your Dishwasher

-Studies have shown that using your dishwasher not only gets your dishes cleaner than hand washing them, but it actually uses less water, but only if you run it when it’s full.  You should also let your dishes air dry rather than using the heated drying cycle.

Switch to Tap Water

-You may not be aware, but bottled water is actually subject to “far fewer federal safety regulations than what comes out of your faucet.”  Switch to tap water, and if you’re not a fan of the taste, pick up an inexpensive carbon filtration system, such as those made by Brita or Pur.

You may want to snag the EcoUsable water bottle from the Swag Store.  Fill it up with your tap water and enjoy a refreshing drink on the go.  These EcoUsable water bottles are the new eco-friendly alternative to using plastic water bottles.

Go Vegetarian One Day a Week

-Studies show that “the less meat we eat, the lower our risk for heart disease, high blood pressure and certain cancers, while the worldwide production of meat contributes to a host of environmental ills, from habitat destruction to, believe it or not, global warming.”

Give Your Veggies a Bath, Not a Shower

-Rinsing your produce under a running faucet wastes two or more gallons of water pet minute.  Instead, fill a bowl with a couple inches of water and use a vegetable brush.

Think Small

-Small appliances use less energy for specialized cooking jobs than big electric appliances.  ”Rice cookers, toaster ovens, microwaves and (the most efficient of all) electric slow cookers-all consume less energy than your stove or oven.”

We have a great Aroma 8-Cup Digital Rice Cooker & Food Steamer in the Swag Store that flawlessly prepares up to 16 cooked cups of any type of rice and will simultaneously steam meat and vegetables!

To see all 20 healthy kitchen habits, click here.

What’s your best healthy kitchen tip?

~TSGal

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