Want to know what water bottle I love, what kitchen tool I can’t do without and what’s on my nightstand reading stack? Below I’ve listed each item I love! I highly recommend all of the items for their interesting content, functionality, quality of material and workmanship and/or beauty.
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Cookbooks can be a great aid in cooking, but their use isn’t only practical. A gorgeous cookbook can give you the inspiration you need to cook something healthful and beautiful for yourself, your family or your friends. The following cookbooks are ones I’ve used and enjoyed for years. Many of the recipes end up in my regular rotation of dishes I already know and enjoy cooking.
- Green Kitchen
While I love all of the cookbooks I own, Green Kitchen Stories is truly my favorite, go-to cookbook. Luise and David, the Danish-Swedish couple behind the books, have truly mastered plant-based cooking that is colorful, flavorful and very doable. Their recipes make it exciting to cook! They have three cookbooks out, all of which I highly recommend: The Green Kitchen, Green Kitchen at Home, and Green Kitchen Travels.
Is there a college student or other young adult in your life who you’d like to give the gift of healthy eating from a young age? This cookbook was my staple in college, so much so that the binding came slightly loose! It’s a great option for students, as it’s truly adapted for simple recipes, easy-to-find ingredients, quick preparation and minimal equipment. Come to think of it, this could also serve well for someone new to a plant-ful diet that is minimalist, lives in a small apartment with limited kitchen space or is simply pressed for time!
Below are some other cookbooks I have enjoyed.
Understanding oneself and being able to effectively handle the challenges we all face in life is an important part of eating well. These are a few of the books I have enjoyed that have helped me to navigate difficult situations without turning to overeating or other counterproductive activities.
Exercise and Wellness
Health is holistic, and a wonderful complement to healthy eating is exercise and other wellness practices. It all comes back to taking care of yourself, spending time with yourself and honoring your needs. The following tools help me to exercise to stay in good health and encourage endorphins, the feel-good hormones, and to give my body some extra love and encouragement when needed.
You can try some simple light weights for easy exercise at home. I like to use light weights to do pilates–there are some fun workouts on YouTube that are great for building muscle.
This yoga band accompanies me as I stretch. It’s really useful for doing yoga at home, and I feel good using a natural fiber that’s sure to last a long time—the cotton is strong and durable.
This brand of yoga mats is simply the best! I have chosen the 1/16 inch thickness, which is easy to transport. I appreciate that it is not at all slippery. While this yoga mat is an investment, its professional quality means it will last a very long time. I am also so happy to support Jade Yoga because they use natural rubber and are committed to not using harmful substances in their mats, in addition to planting a tree for every mat sold.
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Healthy eating is definitely easier when you’re cooking for yourself! That means you can select fresh ingredients, know exactly what goes into your food, and avoid unnecessary and unhealthful additions. As a cook in my kitchen, there are certain tools that make cooking more enjoyable and easy. I have shared a selection of high-quality cooking tools below, that should last a long time and will definitely save you time and energy in the kitchen!
I really love this alternative to plastic. It’s easy to use; when I take it out of the freezer for the first time since freezing the latest batch of water, I let it sit on the counter for a couple minutes. Then, it’s super easy to lift the handle and make cubes. Another reason to have an ice cube tray at home, and particularly a stainless steel one, is to freeze lemon juice or tomato puree for future use.
The Vitamix is a classic for smoothies, soups, and other easy meals. It has a 10-year warranty, so you can feel comfortable investing in a blender that will stand the test of time. This particular model couldn’t make it any easier to blend to perfection with its presets for soups, smoothies, ice cream, dips and spreads, and, best of all, cleaning the machine after use! With one button press, you’ll have your meal prepared (and, after, with another touch of a button, your blender clean!). I particularly love that the Vitamix can make a hot soup and a frozen yogurt/fruit ice cream. It truly does replace several appliances.
- Keep an eye out here! More items will be added soon. If you have any specific items or needs in the kitchen, drop a comment to let me know what you’re looking for!
Eating Healthy on the Go
Bringing along snacks or a picnic when you’re hiking makes eating healthfully a snap! But how to transport your salad, chia pudding or something similar? Sometimes a great container can make your day and eliminate a big spill! These essentials will make it a cinch to package and transport your food.
- Sisal and Cotton Bottle brush
Soulbottles is a company made after my heart. Completely made in Germany, and made to last, the bottles only consist of glass, ceramic, stainless steel and natural rubber. These bottles are beautiful and practical, and I like to keep mine front and center on my desk so I never forget to stay hydrated.
Are you looking for a bottle that is lightweight and can go everywhere with you? In that case, I recommend you check out Klean Kanteen. These bottles are stainless steel and last a long time with the right care (mainly not dropping it, as the stainless steel will dent; but even if you do, it’s still usable). I’ve taken these bottles on hikes, on the go running errands and anywhere else I might have needed a quick swig of water.
This simple utensil set is practically indestructible. I’ve used it for years and love it for its lightweight, space-saving quality and its ease of use. Bamboo is naturally antibacterial and resistant to water, and my utensil set really proves this, as after many uses and washes it looks practically new! I like to have a set like this available because you can avoid waste and always be prepared—it’s so light you can just permanently stow it in your backpack or bag in between quick washes after use. The washable carrying case means you’ll never lose a utensil, and it’s very easy to attach it to your bag with the included carabiner.
To store cheese at home, cover a bowl of leftovers or wrap up a half apple to go, you can’t beat these beeswax wraps, made of a cotton blend fabric infused with beeswax, tree resin and organic jojoba oil. This starter pack of 3 will probably meet all of your needs for a long time. They are very easy to clean by giving a quick rinse or wash with dish soap; it’s only important to remember not to use hot water when cleaning (cool water only!) and not to use for hot or extremely greasy items.
I love multi-purpose items, and these 100% food-grade, non-toxic platinum silicone bags definitely fulfill that desire: they can be safely used in the freezer, microwave, dishwasher, with boiling water, in the oven up to 400 degrees Fahrenheit, and as an on-the-go snack storage bag (for you or your children or pets!). Stasher bags can be used for hikes and picnics and to store food in a tidy and space-efficient way in the freezer. Another place it would be great to use them is at the bulk bins of a grocery store.
I sometimes go on picnics while hiking, and my trusty Opinel folding knife is often in my rucksack so that I can cut into an apple, slice some cheese or spread something tasty onto a high-fiber cracker. These knives are extremely durable, beautiful and practical. They are made in France and a true classic that will serve you well in nature.
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