Usually when the topic of kitchen swaps comes up, it’s food related.
Surprisingly, this post is not (no flax seed eggs here).
There are lots of ways to live a healthy lifestyle – including the items you chose to cook with, store food in and drink out of. It’s all connected. If you’re fairly new to the realm of toxin free living, you might be wondering where to start. There are so many things we use on a day to day basis that simply have better alternatives. I’m here to help you get started.
Healthy Kitchen Swaps:
1. Ceramic vs. Teflon
Teflon is popular because it’s non-stick. Aside from that one thing, it has very little going for it. The non-stick quality comes from a chemical known as perfluorooctanoic acid, which releases toxic fumes when used at high heats. The solution is simple: switch out your toxic teflon pans for ceramic pans. They are naturally resistant to high heat and flaking, so you’ll only eat what you’re cooking, not the toxic by products.
2. Wood vs. Plastic Cutting Boards
Plastic cutting boards are a bad idea. First of all they’re plastic. They’re also porous and full of chemicals. Replace your old plastic cutting board from college with one made by Epicurean. This is easily one of my favorite kitchen brands. All of their products are made in the USA, they’re wood based, eco-friendly and dishwasher safe. Since getting this cutting board, I’ve never been happier. I lamented over getting a big wooden chopping block but those require specific cleaning techniques and sometimes I just want to throw everything into the dishwasher. I can do that with Epicurean #winning.
3. Wood vs. Plastic Utensils
I swapped out my old plastic spatula for a sleek wooden one by Epicurean for all the reasons mentioned above. It’s totally versatile and easily one of my favorite cooking utensils.
4. Meyer’s vs. Dawn
I’m a huge fan of Meyer’s Clean Day. Not only do their products smell amazing, they also clean spectacularly. Meyer’s uses plant derived ingredients and essential oils making their products easy on the environment and on your hands. I use Meyer’s dish soap in my kitchen daily. This is one of the easiest swaps you can make; it’s time for you to toss the chemical laden, artificially dyed soaps for the Meyer’s. You’ll thank me later.
5. Glass vs. Plastic
Food storage is important. First, you want to make sure you’re storing food in airtight containers. Second, you want to use containers that work for hot or cold items. By now, most of us know that heating plastic is a huge no-no. It release chemicals into your food and it’s just plain nasty. On Black Friday I scored a huge Pyrex set and I absolutely love it. It has containers ranging from 1 cup to 8 cups – perfect for storing leftovers and packing lunches – plus baking dishes, a pie pan and a bread loaf pan.
Toxins are lurking in lots of products, primarily because many chemicals aren’t banned in the U.S. (it’s a completely different story in Europe). Once you start to realize how prevalent they are in every day items, it can be concerning. One of my favorite resources is the Environmental Working Group. If you haven’t checked out their site, you must! It’s full of useful, science based information.
Now that I’ve shared five ways I keep my kitchen healthy, it’s your turn:
What are your favorite non-food related kitchen swaps? What’s your favorite kitchen tool or appliance?