Eating right is not always easy, but what do you know about the little helpers you have in the kitchen that can make your life easier.
The traditional toaster makes simple foods quickly, from whole wheat toast to multi-grain English muffins. Top them off with peanut butter for some extra protein or sugar-free preserves for a serving of fruit. No need to skip breakfast when it can be ready in a matter of minutes.
A hot waffle breakfast on Saturday morning doesn’t have to involve pre-made frozen waffles loaded with butter and drenched in syrup. Opt for homemade waffles with buckwheat flour. Top them with fresh berries or sliced peaches, low-fat yogurt or a sprinkle of cinnamon. A dollop of ricotta cheese on top adds a rich and creamy texture with less sodium and half the fat of cottage cheese. Ricotta also helps you stock up on vitamin B-12.
Pull out your blender for some healthful snacks and drinks. Make them ahead of time for those days when you’re on-the-go. Fruit smoothies, home-made popsicles and salsa are all easy and nutritious. When you‘ve been on a salad kick, use the blender to create low-fat dressings that have none of the sodium or preservatives of the bottled varieties. They’ll keep for two weeks in the fridge. If you’re not wild about the price or nutrition of baby food, use a blender to make your own.
If time is short when you get home from work, the slow cooker can be your best friend. It not only makes the house smell good, but it gives you a chance to put a nutritious meal on the table that doesn’t consist of prepared foods, frozen entrees or canned goods that are all high in sodium. There are some great recipes for stews and casseroles that will cook while you work – whether you’re a stay-at-home mom or a busy executive.
Slow Cooker Baked Potato Recipe
For an easy treat that you can make in your slow cooker, try baked potatoes.
- 4-6 Russet Potato
- cholesterol-free stick margarine
- Scrub and dry four to six russet potatoes. Prick them all over with a fork, then rub them with cholesterol-free stick margarine. Pop them in a crockpot that’s four quarts or larger. Cook on high for three to five hours.