When we think about a paradise, we typically conjure up images of pleasure and ease. So when we think about turning our home into a nutritional paradise, this should be the goal. However, the media and infomercials present healthy foods as expensively packaged superfoods and imply we need to meet incredible standards to eat healthily and organically. While this makes paradise seem out of reach, there is good news: eating healthy is not that hard. Here are a few ways to turn your home into a haven filled with fresh, organic and healthy food.
Get the Right Food
The first step for turning your home into a nutritional paradise is to stock your home with the right food. For this, technology can be a big help. For example, apps such as “Seasonal Food Fruits and Vegs” help you determine the foods in season for your area. Since in-season produce is healthier, tastes better and is usually cheaper, apps like this are a great way to help you fill your home with nutritional food. Some apps also include recipes to help you plan delicious and healthy meals for you and your family.
Nutritional apps such as Prepd are also a big help when trying to make your home more nutritious by providing information to make sure you are eating a balanced diet. They can also assist you in planning meals by helping you put together a simple food diary and track your calories. The social features allow you to share results and activity, which can help keep you on track.
Alternatively, there are a growing number of services out there which will bring whole foods, organic produce and healthy meals to your door. Again, checking online is the fastest way to see if there is a service local to you, but remember to protect yourself when entering personal information online.
Build Your Own Paradise
Another thing you can do to make your home more nutritious is to grow some of your own fruits and vegetables. It can be done simply, inexpensively and, most surprising of all, it can even be done in an apartment. Start small with a simple window box and some potted herbs such as mint, basil, rosemary or cilantro. If you are feeling more ambitious, try a small pepper plant. Even with something as simple as a glass bowl, some clean ornamental pebbles and some mustard cress seeds, you can grow beautiful, fresh and healthy ingredients for salads, soups and sandwiches. If you have access to a garden or balcony, try a mushroom log, or use things around your house to grow your own potatoes, carrots, beets, rutabaga and more.
Keep It Up
Technology and home growing help you bring healthy food into your home. This part is easy, but keeping these habits can be a challenge, especially if you are busy. However, there are things you can do to make your path to a nutritional paradise a little smoother:
- • Invest in a slow cooker. This is a great way to prepare food overnight, while you are at work, or doing other things around the house. Soups, stews, curries, chilies and much more can be prepared with ease so that you can ensure access to healthy meals.
- • Plan time to do some batch cooking. Preparing larger amounts of food is often easier than cooking for one person. Doing this allows you to have readymade healthy meals for when things get busy and there’s not enough time to cook.
- • Pickles and preserves. Pickles, chutneys and jams are great ways of saving excess produce. Making them yourself from fresh produce keeps harmful sugars and salts away, which is what you find in store-bought products.
Overall, turning your home into a nutritional paradise does not have to be a struggle. Eating organic and in-season food, growing fruits and veggies when you can, and developing some easy habits will help you turn your home into a center for nutrition. With a home stocked with nutritious food, a healthy lifestyle is well within your reach.
Author Bio: Cassie is a freelance food and travel writer who enjoys spreading her passion for organic and in-season produce. She’s also a techie, and she loves it when apps and gadgets can help her get a hold of quality, nutritious food.