Earth Day is quickly approaching (April 22nd) so there has been a lot of buzz about “green” products lately. Yesterday we discussed 10 All Natural Beauty Must-Haves for women.
Eco-living on undeniably on an upward trend. Nearly 54% of today’s consumers are gravitating towards eating organic, chemical-free food. (Pinterest infographics must be to blame!) It’s not just about the food you eat… Although we all know the saying “You are what you eat!” We’ve got to pay attention to the surfaces that we are cooking on and the chemicals we use to clean up afterwards.
There are a slew of “green” kitchen tools and products that can help keep your household routines and your family healthy and safe, but not all of them are affordable. Well, I’ve put together a list of eco-friendly and affordable products you’ll want to make sure you have in your kitchen if you are trying to live a healthier lifestyle.
Tips For A Healthy Kitchen
Cook it on Ceramic: The fewer chemicals you have in your cookware, the better. Most non-stick pans can scratch and the teflon particles will get into your food. Gross! Instead opt for one of the best non-stick options available… WearEver Pure Living cookware has ceramic surfaces free of toxins such as PFOA, PTFE and cadmium. Best of all, each piece is totally recyclable and dishwasher safe. 10 PC Set ($79.99), 5 PC Set ($59.99), 8” and 10” Fry Pan Combo ($34.99), 12” Fry Pan Red ($24.99). Find them on Amazon and Target.
Handle it Without Scratching: Metal utensils will scratch up most types of cookware and especially harmful on ceramic cookware. Don’t opt for plastic though! Use a gentler, yet durable options like bamboo utensils. They keep pots and pans scratch-free, your food safe, and makes stir-frying, sauteing, deep frying, steaming and parboiling a cinch! (IMUSA’s 3 Piece Bamboo Utensil Set for $3.99 at Target.com).
Steam it On Bamboo: Everyone knows eating raw is best, but the second best way to enjoy your veggies is to steam them! Mix things up with IMUSA’s Asian Bamboo Steamer that cooks your food on multiple layers of woven bamboo, allowing the steam to pass through easily and cook a variety of foods at the same time. ($14.99 at Target.com).
Drink it Without Containers: By brewing your coffee and tea at home, you eliminate the use of chemically prone plastic and paper cups. The T-fal Balanced Living Kettle quickly heats water to your liking, using adjustable temperature controls, viewing window, and 360 ° rotating base, locking lid and concealed heating element. Convenient! ($49.99 on Amazon.com).