If you’re one of my celebrity clients, you can stop reading right now. That’s because you have your own personal chef—lucky you! But if you’re like me, there’s simply no way around it: If you want to eat well, you have to spend time in the kitchen. And you want that time to be fun and productive—so today, I’m going to tell you how to make your kitchen really work for you.
Step One: Get rid of temptation.
If you’re new to healthy eating, I know it can be hard to break old habits. I also know from experience that the best way to do it is to start with a clean slate. So be firm. Toss out flour and sugar. Food colorings. Products that contain soy. Dairy products. All of it. Stay strong!
Next, get rid of cookbooks that call for the foods you’re cutting out. I know they’re like old friends, but they can also be serious triggers. (If they have sentimental value, keep them, but box them up.) Replace them with brand-new cookbooks loaded with fun and healthy recipes.
Finally, pack up kitchen tools that you don’t need anymore. For instance, that pasta maker or tortilla press can go—and that’ll make more room for the fun stuff you want to add.
Step Two: Get all the gadgets and goodies you need.
Now that you’ve cleared the decks, it’s time to restock! Here are some things that will make your kitchen fun and super-efficient.
A vacuum sealer. For thirty or forty dollars, plus about ten dollars for bags, you can pick up one of these incredibly handy kitchen appliances. When you batch cook, use it to package cooked veggies, chicken, or ground meat.
Ice cube trays. These are great for freezing small quantities of lemon juice, bone broth, tomato sauce, or tomato paste. You can also freeze leftover herbs in olive oil.
Good pots and pans. You’ll want to have at least one humongous pan for batch cooking, plus various sizes of saucepans. Also, make sure you have a large and small skillet. Avoid nonstick pans—you don’t want those icky chemicals winding up in your body, do you? Instead, simply coat your pans with coconut oil spray or another healthy fat.
A cookie sheet. Get a nice, sturdy sheet, because you’ll use it for everything from baking no-flour cookies to roasting winter veggies. And while you’re at it, stock up on parchment paper to line your cookie sheet. It’ll save loads of time during clean-up.
A zoodler. You’ve gotta have one of these—no question. I use mine all the time to make “noodles” from zucchini, sweet potatoes, and even beets.
Spices. If your taste buds are accustomed to an overload of sugar and artificial flavors, it’s time to introduce them to the joy of real seasonings! Buy a variety of spices and a spice rack to hold them. Be sure to purchase your spices in small quantities, not in bulk, so they’ll stay fresh.
Fresh herbs. If you have enough sunlight, I recommend putting little pots of chives, basil, thyme, mint, and sage on your windowsill. Nothing’s healthier than fresh herbs picked right before you use them—and they also give your kitchen a homey feeling.
It takes only a little effort and money to set up a kitchen that’s tailor-made for healthy cooking. If you’re on a budget, you can do it a little bit at a time. And think about the amazing reward: a lifetime of fabulous meals that will keep you slim, young, and healthy!
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